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The Independent

When are academics placing and why?

Lecturers are to stroll out in a sequence of strikes over two months after members of the National Education Union (NEU) voted in favour of motion final week.

On January 16, NEU members – comprised of each teachers and teaching assistants – voted overwhelmingly for industrial motion, with the poll surpassing the extremely restrictive thresholds set by the federal government.

The primary wave of strikes, held on February 1 in England and Wales, is about to affect 23,400 colleges.

Requested “Are you ready to take strike motion in furtherance of this dispute?”, 90.44 per cent of academics in England voted ‘sure’ on a turnout of 53.27 per cent. In Wales, 92.28 per cent voted ‘sure’ on a turnout of 58.07 per cent. The present membership is over 450,000.

Some 88 per cent of assist employees in Wales voted for strike motion on a turnout of 51.3 per cent, with 84 per cent in England voting in favour on a turnout of 46.46 per cent.

It marks the most important vote for strike motion ever achieved by any union within the UK.

Why is the NEU placing?

Like many different unions, the NEU is placing over pay. Nevertheless, it isn’t simply in search of a pay rise: it additionally needs to appropriate historic real-terms pay cuts. Lecturers have misplaced 23 per cent in actual phrases since 2010, and assist employees 27 per cent in the identical interval.

The common pay rise for academics this yr rests at 5 per cent, round 7 per cent behind inflation. Lecturers are leaving of their droves, with one-third resigning inside 5 years of qualifying, the union stated.

“The federal government appears unbothered concerning the circumstances they’re permitting colleges and faculties to slip into. The explanations for the recruitment and retention disaster will not be a thriller”, the NEU outlined in a press launch, additional citing clear penalties of underfunding on each mother and father and youngsters.

With a scarcity of devoted maths academics, 1 in 8 pupils are having their work set and assessed by people who find themselves not certified to show this topic. It isn’t simply academics’ pursuits the NEU is placing for: it’s within the pursuits of oldsters and youngsters, too.

When is the NEU placing?

Listed here are the dates introduced by the NEU for industrial motion and who will participate:

– Wednesday, 1 February 1: All eligible members in England and Wales

– Tuesday, 14 February: All eligible members in Wales

– Tuesday, 28 February: all eligible members within the Northern, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber areas in England

– Wednesday, 1 March: all eligible members within the East Midlands, West Midlands and Jap areas in England

– Thursday, 2 March: all eligible members within the London, South East and South West areas in England

– Wednesday, 15 March: all eligible members in England and Wales

– Thursday, 16 March: all eligible members in England and Wales

The NEU may even maintain rallies on 15 March at Westminster to deal with the government in England and in Cardiff to deal with the Welsh Authorities.

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