Teachers in Tower Hamlets will strike after union votes for action

Teachers in Tower Hamlets will hold a one-day strike on March 30 in response to cuts in jobs and services in education.

The Tower Hamlets branch of the National Union of Teachers has announced that members have voted in favour of strike action - 85 per cent from a 39 per cent turn-out of its 2084 members.

Seventy-three per cent voted in favour of further action.

The union says that 200 education posts are to go in the borough, with members previously raising concerns about the Support for Learning service in Mile End which is losing 8.7 full-time posts from a staff of 47.

Alex Kenny, secretary of the east London NUT, said; “This is a very strong vote for strike action, through which NUT members have shown their opposition to the planned cuts.”

On the support for learning service, a council spokeswoman said last month that all of the services previously offered by the team, including support for deaf children, will still be available.

Mr Kenny said the union would look to co-ordinate their day of action with members of Unison, the public service trade union, should their members vote to strike in their current ballot.