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    Massive teacher strikes in England for better wages (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

    The demonstrations coincided with different events related to the end of the school period.

    Teachers in England (United Kingdom) took to the streets again to demand the Government a salary increase and financing for educational institutions, which are consistent with growing inflation, reports The Telegraph.

    The mobilizations began this Wednesday and were called by the British National Education Union (NEU). The demonstrations are expected to continue until this Friday, coinciding with a series of events related to the end of the school period.

    Three other unions of education workers also urged their members to join the NEU protests and warned the government that if it does not comply with the demands, they will take to the streets again. in autumn.

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    Teachers have held regular protests since February, after they rejected the authorities’ proposal to increase salaries by 4.5% for next year. The British government also offered a one-time payment of 1,000 pounds (about $1,270) for this year, but teachers consider those measures insufficient.

    “A Change of Course”

    The teachers’ rejection of the government proposal was based on a report by the School Teacher Review Body (STRB), which recommended a 6.5% pay increase.

    NEU Secretary General-elect Daniel Kebede, quoted by The Guardian, warned that threats by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to block public sector wage increases for fear of rising inflation in the UK will only unleash the outrage among educators and provoke more strikes. “This government could be faced with the very real prospect of a united front demanding a change of course,” Kebede said.

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    For his part, a spokesman for the Ministry of Education assured that the measures adopted by the Executive and his salary proposal are “fair”. “Any strike is very damaging. We have made a fair and reasonable salary offer to the teachers, recognizing their incredible work and commitment,” he said.

    “Thousands of schools have received significant additional funding as part of the extra £2bn investment [unos 2.550 millones de dolares]. As a result, investment in education will reach next year its highest level ever“added the spokesperson.

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    Source: RT

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