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Defiant teachers say Gove won't stop strike

Publié par Clifford Armion le 27/06/2011

Andy McSmith and Richard Garner

"Leaders of teachers' unions stuck defiantly to their strike call yesterday despite intense pressure from the Government to call off an action that will close 40 per cent of the country's schools on Thursday and disrupt others. The Government's anxiety to see the action called off betrays uncertainty over who will get the blame as the public is inconvenienced by industrial action, either because they cannot send their children to school, or because of the closure of government offices hit by a civil servants' strike.

"Yesterday, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, went out of his way to emphasise that the prestige of the teaching profession has been on the way up, though he said their reputation is still "not as high as it should be". He appealed to teachers not to put their reputations at risk by going on strike. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he said: "The individual leaders of the unions that are going out on strike this week - Christine Blower at the National Union of Teachers, Mary Bousted at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers - are very committed people who want the best in the system."

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"Defiant teachers say Gove won't stop strike", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2011. Consulté le 07/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/defiant-teachers-say-gove-won-t-stop-strike