Teachers out in force as part of national strike rally

Teachers on strike yesterday (Wednesday)
Teachers on strike yesterday (Wednesday)

WIGAN members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) took to the streets of Manchester as their dispute with the Government rumbles on.

Five borough schools were closed and dozens had partial closures as a result of strike action yesterday.

Wigan divisional secretary Max Atkins said: “Considering we were without our partners from the NASUWT, I was impressed with the numbers.

“It was particularly noticeable how many younger teachers were present.

“We have heard recently that a high percentage of newly qualified teachers leave the job within five years.

“It shows that the message has got through to them.”

Mr Atkins added that due to education secretary Michael Gove’s reluctance to enter into talks with the unions personally, further strike action could not be ruled out in the future.

Mr Gove this week wrote to union bosses setting out the progress he believed had been made in talks with the unions.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “The NUT action will disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”