Teachers' unions claim strike 'well supported' by parents
A leading teachers' union has claimed that a planned strike on October 1 has the support of many parents.
Lincolnshire teachers who belong to trade bodies the NUT and NASUWT will be taking part in the walk-out next month, with many schools expected to be closed as staff attend protest rallies across the region.
The industrial action has been planned in protest at what the unions believe is an attack on the teaching profession by the government.
Union reps claim that the strike is a last resort and that teachers were keen to avoid a drastic outcome to ongoing negotiations.
"The reason for the strike is the failure of the government to enter into meaningful negotiations - they are attacking teachers' pay and conditions and making changes to pensions. We are reluctant to strike but in the circumstances the situation will escalate," said NUT midlands regional secretary Ian Stevenson.
"It is a great regret for teachers that education is disrupted but we believe that this is not just a fight for teachers, it's a fight for education and the reforms the government are trying to push through will be detrimental to that education."
All NUT and NASUWT members - potentially nine out of ten UK teachers - are eligible to strike, including heads and other senior management staff.
Mr Stevenson said that the unions had received positive feedback from the public following their decision.
"In the circumstances the negative responses will always be highlighted, but actually many parents who understand that the government are attacking teachers are supportive of us."