Teachers and civil servants threaten joint strike

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has voted to strike alongside the biggest civil service union if pay is frozen, pensions cut or working conditions changed.

A joint walkout by NUT and Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members would hit schools, benefits centres, hospitals, town halls, universities and other public services, the Times has reported.

Delegates at yesterday’s NUT conference passed a resolution backing “a co-ordinated campaign of action, up to and including strike action where needed, to oppose pay freezes, threats to pensions and cuts to services.”

To a standing ovation from the assembled teachers, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka called for a repeat of a campaign five years ago, where the combined unions forced the government to drop its plans to cut pensions.

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