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Education unions are meeting government officials for a marathon six-hour round of talks in a bid to avert teacher walkouts in the coming weeks, PA Media reports. PA says:
Friday’s meeting comes after union leaders said there had been “no progress” after discussions with education secretary Gillian Keegan on Wednesday.
The National Education Union (NEU) plans seven days of strike action in England and Wales in a dispute over pay – with the first on 1 February coinciding with walkouts by staff at universities, on the rail network and in Whitehall.