By Louise Ridley
Teachers in the UK will not strike next week despite voting ‘yes’ to industrial action, in a move that may reflect the difficulties of campaigning in economic recession.
The ballot of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) was won by a slim majority of 52% after 200,000 members of the union were asked if they wanted to strike over fair pay.
Meeting on Wednesday, the NUT executive decided not to take action, stating that they felt the union might be divided by a call to strike based on such a slim majority.
Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT Secretary, said he feared the decision would reinforce the idea that workers have to “tighten their belts” to pay for the economic crisis.
“We are the victims of the crisis. Lewisham NUT will continue to campaign to defend public sector workers’ living standards, and to improve conditions for teachers and students,” he said.