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Teachers to ballot on pay strike
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Union leaders are confident their members will support strike action
The National Union of Teachers is to ballot its members in England and Wales on a one-day strike over pay.

The government has offered a rise of 2.45% this year, and 2.3% in each of the following two years.

The union says the figure is below inflation as measured by the Retail Prices Index which is currently at 4%.

The government says the award was recommended by an independent pay review body, and that a strike would only disrupt children's learning.

Pay policy

NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott has warned that recent improvements in teachers' pay would be wiped out by below-inflation increases over the next three years.

Mr Sinnott believes his members will back a one-day strike.

Schools Secretary Ed Balls accepted the salary increases which were recommended by the independent School Teachers' Review Body.

The government has a policy of below-inflation public sector pay deals as measured against the Consumer Prices Index which stands at 2.1%.

The Retail Prices Index includes costs such as rent and mortgages.

SEE ALSO
Teachers given pay rise of 2.45%
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