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Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 15:13 GMT
NUT strike: Your questions
We put your questions to Barry Fawcett, head of the NUT's Salaries department, in a live forum.

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Teachers in London have voted for a day of industrial action over cost-of-living allowances.

The National Union of Teachers have announced a one-day walkout on 14 March in a move condemned by the government.

Union general secretary Doug McAvoy says that schools in London and the fringe areas are struggling to recruit and retain enough teachers because salaries don't match the cost of living.

But the education secretary, Estelle Morris, argues teachers in London have had a 35% rise in allowances since Labour came to power. A teacher's starting salary there will soon be 20,000.

Ms Morris warned teachers not to return to the "dark ages of dispute and conflict" in the classroom.

Should teachers go on strike? Does their pay match their levels of responsibility?

See also:

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Teachers priced out of London
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