Teachers ready for mass strike over conditions

Day of action: Teachers take part in a previous strike
Day of action: Teachers take part in a previous strike
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School teachers across Lancashire are preparing to strike next week in a row over pay, pensions and conditions.

The National Union of Teachers, made up largely of classroom staff, is holding a mass meeting March 18, with a national speaker, to outline the key reasons behind the strike.

The organisation is also planning a mass rally in Preston on March 26 as part of a day of action.

It will be the third national strike since the NUT balloted members in 2011.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers has taken part in the last two but has decided not to strike next week after Education minister Michael Gove agreed to talks.

It is unclear how many or if schools will be closed however, non NUT-members have been advised not to undermine the strike and headteachers leaders have called on them to “manage” the situation.

The National Association of Headteachers has told schools to put pupils’ safety first.

A spokesman said: “ The use of volunteers, temporary employment and redeployment of staff must all comply with the schools duty to child safeguarding and

health and safety.”

Schools who can’t comply will have to close.

The recently formed Preston-based Professional Support for School Staff Association has told members: “Not to undermine the action in any way. Whether the school remains open will be decided by the Headteacher and will be based on health and safety issues.

Members should not be asked to cover for NUT members who take part in the strike.”