Teachers are to walk out in a series of strikes over two months after members of the National Education Union (NEU) voted in favour of action last week.
On January 16, NEU members – comprised of both teachers and teaching assistants – voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, with the ballot surpassing the highly restrictive thresholds set by the government.
The first wave of strikes, held on February 1 in England and Wales, is set to impact 23,400 schools.
Asked “Are you prepared to take strike action in furtherance of this dispute?”, 90.44 per cent of teachers in England voted ‘yes’ on a turnout of 53.27 per cent. In Wales, 92.28 per cent voted ‘yes’ on a turnout of 58.07 per cent. The current membership is over 450,000.
Some 88 per cent of support staff in Wales voted for strike action 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.