Joint Union Protest against Cuts The vast majority of teachers in England and Wales are to take strike action in the coming months.Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NAS/UWT), who between them represent almost 90% of teachers, will start taking rolling strike action this summer, carrying on into the autumn and escalating towards national strike action. The right wing coalition government is planning to bring in performance related pay for teachers, which will be at the discretion of the headteacher, and will see young teachers in cash-strapped schools (schools in England and Wales run their own budgets - one of the first neo-liberal reforms brought in by the Thatcher government in the eighties) - unable to achieve pay progression. Moreover the teachers are still fighting changes to their pensions, which will see them having to work till they are 68 or even beyond with increased contributions and reduced pensions. The strikes will take place against a context of cruel cuts to welfare budgets, cuts to services - including education - and increasing privatisation. Already the government is forcing many schools to become 'academies', which set their own pay and conditions and can be part of private chains, and funding the development of so-called free schools - it is only a matter of time before these schools will be allowed to be for profit. There have been many strikes and actions by parents and teachers together against these developments.