Michael Gove has contacted us to offer talks about our disputes. This would not have happened were it not for our well supported strike action and the unswerving commitment of NUT and NASUWT members to the joint campaign. So I would like to thank again all NUT members for their support.
Of course, we should never have had to take action to reach this position. It should be de rigueur that a Secretary of State for Education engages with the teaching profession and their representatives. I do, however, welcome his change of heart. We will enter into the talks in a positive and constructive fashion. We are committed to working with the NASUWT to seek a resolution of our disputes.
Needless to say, we hope the Secretary of State grasps the opportunity afforded by these talks. If he passes up the chance and we fail to reach an acceptable solution on pay, pensions and conditions of service, a joint national strike will be called no later than 13 February 2014. Meanwhile we need to pursue Action Short of Strike Action and continue to ensure that all members and the general public are aware of the campaign.
After half term, look out for lobbying activities in which we will ask you to engage to put pressure on Michael Gove during the talks process.
Further developments on this and other aspects of the dispute will be posted on teachers.org.uk. For the very latest news follow us on twitter.
I hope you have/had a good half term break.
NUT General Secretary
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