Talks established to prevent sixth form college strikes


Unions that represent sixth form college teachers have agreed to participate in a series of talks to avoid striking.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), which has threatened to take industrial action on March 26th in protest to government policy changes, met with officials on Tuesday (February 25th), according to FE Week.

Currently, the NUT has threatened to strike as it was opposed to performance-related pay.

A spokesperson for the union said: “We made it clear that we want to discuss more than implementation and that the direction of government policy is wrong.”

He added how education secretary Michael Gove had instructed the civil servants to talk only about implementation and that the union considered there to be problems relating to equalities, workload and accountability driving teaching.

Sixth Form Colleges Association Human Resources director Graham Baird said: “We are aware that the NUT has been involved in talks with Department for Education civil servants.”

Mr Baird said constructive talks would give the NUT the opportunity to call off industrial action and prevent any disruption to the work of sixth form colleges.