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By Greta McClain     Sep 7, 2012 in World
Teachers in the UK have voted to go on strike because of poor working conditions and pay, with 82.5% of The National Union of Teachers (NUT) members voting in favor of the strike.
The BBC quotes Christine Blower, general secretary of NUT, as saying "Teachers are being undermined by a government whose almost daily criticisms and erosion of working conditions and pay, coming on top of previous attacks on pensions, are unacceptable. This negative approach to the profession has to stop. No other profession comes under such continual scrutiny and no other profession has accountability systems based on so little trust."
The strike vote means the threat of major disruptions to schools later this term is a real possibility. NUT had warned officials there would be joint strikes with NASUWT, another teaching union which had already voted to strike based on the same issues, a Guardian report says.
Gordon White, county secretary of the Northamptonshire NUT branch told the Northhampton Chronicle "The problem here is, in real terms, a pay cut. The secretary of state doesn’t seem to care about teachers, he’s not bothered about them. We care about students and don’t want to cause disruption but we have to make a living. If the Government are willing to talk I am sure it can be avoided."
NUT and NASUWT will be campaigning together to “ensure that the onslaught of attacks on the teaching profession stops”. Further details about the strike campaign will be released on Monday.
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