The NUT leads a national strike action in England and Wales. Marches and rallies are being held around the country, including this one from Broadcasting House to Downing Street, Whitehall. The union says the action is being taken against: Excessive workload and bureaucratic; Performance related pay and in defence of a national pay scale system; Unfair pension changes. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said: “Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by this strike action to parents and teachers. The Government’s refusal, however, to engage to resolve the dispute means that we have no alternative other than to demonstrate the seriousness of our concerns.
“Teachers’ levels of workload are intolerable –the Government’s own survey, published last month, shows that primary school teachers work nearly 60 hours a week and secondary school teachers work nearly 56 hours a week. 2 in 5 teachers are leaving the profession in the first 5 years of teaching as are many others. This is bad for children and bad for education. London, UK 26 March 2014.