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Schools should dock the pay of teachers who take part in "work-to-rule" industrial action, Michael Gove has said.
In a letter to schools Mr Gove said school heads should launch a "robust" response against teachers who deliberately worked within the terms of their contracts in response to threats to their terms and conditions.
"Pay deductions represent a lawful response, and the advice sets out how deductions can be made in a proportionate and reasonable way," he wrote.
Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions have threatened to stop doing extra work outside their contractual terms in response to disputes over pay, pensions and terms and conditions.
The NUT said it did not expect many schools to take Mr Gove's advice, three months into their action.
"We believe few schools will wish to take Michael Gove's advice. Taking action against our members would not only undermine the good will of teachers but force the Union to take alternative forms of action which has, after three months of action, only been necessary at a small number of schools," a spokesperson said.
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