The national teachers’ union will ballot members for industrial action if the UK Government does not deliver pay restoration for teachers.

Teachers' union NASUWT will ballot members in Wales, England and Scotland for industrial action in November, should the teachers’ pay award for 2022/23 fall short of demands.

After 12 years of pay erosion, teachers are now facing the biggest squeeze on their living standards for half a century

Energy bills alone have shot up by 54 per cent, but the value of teachers’ pay has slumped by 20 per cent. Now, the union says, two in three teachers are being forced to consider how much longer they can afford to remain in the profession.

To prevent an unprecedented retention crisis and protect the future of education, the NASUWT believes teachers must receive a 12 per cent pay award this year.

NASUWT members from across the UK took part in the largest demonstration of working people in a decade on Saturday, marching for a better deal for teachers as part of a national cost of living protest in central London.

Welsh activists from a range of trade unions joined the London march, including members of UNISON, Unite, and the Fire Brigade union.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT general secretary, said: “The country faces an existential emergency for the future of the teaching profession.

“Teachers are suffering, not only from the cost of living crisis, which the whole country is grappling with, but 12 years of real term pay cuts which has left a 20 per cent shortfall in the value of their salaries.

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“If the government and the pay review body reject a positive programme of restorative pay awards for teachers, then we will be asking our members whether they are prepared to take national industrial action in response.

“The government wrongly assumed teachers would simply stand by as they erode pay and strip our education system to the bone.

"But this weekend thousands of teachers, from every corner of the UK, joined together to demonstrate our strength, unity and determination to stand up and to fight back.

“Our message is clear and has now been delivered directly to the government on their doorstep.

"We will not allow cuts to our members' pay and attacks on their pensions. If a pay rise is not awarded, it will be won by our members in workplaces through industrial action.”

Rail workers - including cleaners, ticket office staff and admin workers - are set to strike this coming week, with severe disruption to train services expected across the UK.

Mick Lynch, head of the RMT rail workers' union, said this weekend that thousands of jobs were being cut across rail networks, and workers were facing below-inflation pay rises.

Calling UK Government cuts to transport services "austerity", Mr Lynch added that staff were working longer, and would be poorer in retirement.

On Sunday, the union chief called for a general strike - in which staff from all or most workplaces go on strike at once - in order to demand greater help with the cost of living crisis.

"We've got a society that's completely skewed," he told BBC Radio 4.

"There are more billionaires than we've ever had.

"Profits and dividends and the stock market are in a very healthy position, while working people with full employment are having to take state benefits.

"The rich are doing too well compared to the working class."

Additional reporting: Rebecca Wilks

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