Gillian Keegan, the Education Minister, said it was “deeply disappointing for children and parents that NEU teachers’ members have voted to walk out”.
She said: “Discussions with union leaders are ongoing and any strike action by one union will have a detrimental impact on education and student welfare, especially after the disruption of the past two years.”
Schools are under pressure to make efforts to limit any disruption to students, and it is unclear how many of the NEU’s 300,000 members will choose to run away.
‘The domino impact is huge’
Tory MPs sounded the alarm about the potential economic damage of teachers’ strikes. Jonathan Gullis, former education minister, said: “Parents not going to work, not making money, not helping to increase productivity, not helping companies with day-to-day operations – this will not only hurt us economically, but also the youth. “
Greg Smith, Conservative MP for Buckingham, said: “The knock-on impact on families, parents and carers is huge. The expectation that people can suddenly drop their jobs if they have a valid and good expectation that their children will go to school, which — it will take significant money out of the economy.
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), another education union, has vowed to consider re-running its vote for union action in England on Monday after blaming the impact of postal strikes for failing to meet the minimum turnout of 50 per cent.
However, NAHT members in Wales will go on strike. NAHT Cymru secured a 55 percent turnout, with 75 percent of voters voting “yes” to take action.