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Teachers threaten work-to-rule; SCHOOLS: Limit on hours in classroom demanded.

Byline: PAUL CAREY

TEACHERS are threatening to take industrial action unless the Government agrees to a cap on working time.

A report by management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers has recommended a 22.5-hour weekly teaching limit.

Teacher unions say if the Government does not follow through with the proposals then a work-to-rule policy will be introduced.

Geraint Davies, secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers Cymru said industrial action was a real threat.

"The Government commissioned this review, and ignoring its findings is not an option, " he said.

Gethin Lewis, secretary of NUT Cymru, said, "This report emphasises our complaint that teachers are working excessive hours, and changes to contracts are needed.

Together with other unions, NUT Cymru would be pressing for the changes to be implemented.

"If not, we will return to our position of a 35-hour-week work-to-rule."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 13, 2001
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