School teachers in Tower Hamlets have today gone on strike to protest against the strain on pay and workloads as a result of Government reforms. The strike is part of the NUT’s Stand Up for Education Campaign and see’s almost all the schools in the borough affected with many closed completely.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“Michael Gove’s attacks on the teaching profession have consistently seen teachers undermined and their concerns dismissed. With workloads stretched and pay constrained it is no surprise teachers are feeling let down.
"We regret the major disruption being caused to families by today's strike, but stand alongside teachers in calling for the Government to enter meaningful talks to resolve this situation."
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“Evidence is building that Gove's dogmatic and elitist approach to state education is failing our children and young people and his unwillingness to listen and engage with teachers, governors, parents and pupils has led to today's industrial action.
“Teacher unions have agreed in good faith to meet with government but this needs to be reciprocated. For the talks to be meaningful Michael Gove must be involved himself and the direction of government policy as well as implementation must be on the table.”