Was Parliament misled over NASUWT’s and NUT’s current national industrial action?






Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT  has today written to the Secretary of State challenging the accuracy of an answer given by Lord Nash to a parliamentary question on the NASUWT’s and NUT’s current national industrial action.


Chris Keates said:


“Lord Nash’s statement in the House of Lords misrepresents the position of the NASUWT. The Union has been calling for the last 16 months for the Secretary of State to engage in genuine discussions to resolve this dispute.


“Lord Nash’s description of the Government’s role in the dispute bears no resemblance to reality.


“The NASUWT remains ready to engage in meaningful discussion with the Secretary of State for the benefit of teachers and the education service.”


In her letter to Michael Gove Chris Keates says: “Lord Nash asserts that the Government has asked the NASUWT what steps it would like the Government to take to bring the current dispute to an end. He further asserts that the answers have been ‘unclear and conflicting’. I would be grateful if you would cite the dates and occasions on which you or any of your Ministers have asked the NASUWT what steps the Government would need to take to resolve the dispute.”


The trade dispute is over workload, pensions, pay, including pay progression, conditions of service and job loss.


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