Teachers are threatening industrial action after claiming that they are being forced to work illegally long hours.
The NASUWT union said it would ballot members on a work-to-rule because of the "flagrant abuse" of their rights.
Its threat comes amid growing claims that head teachers are flouting new legislation that gives teachers half a day off a week for marking and lesson planning. They are also supposed to be exempt from administrative tasks such as photocopying and filing.
Professionals contract to achieve a goal, not argue about the time or methods of reaching that goal.
Accountants work long hours at tax and audit time, lawyers at trials, doctors in crises.
By arguing about whether they do photocopying or not, filing or not, whether they cover for absent colleagues or not, teachers are simply showing that they do not regard themselves as professionals.
Thus we shouldn\’t treat them as such.
Pay cuts all round, eh? You want demarcation lines like skilled manual workers? You get paid as such.