ANGRY teachers say there are prepared to strike over a new pay structure in schools.
Howard Roberts, General Secretary of Kirklees biggest teaching union, the NUT, said many staff would be losing money by the new structure which affects teaching and learning responsibilities.
He said teachers at several schools across West Yorkshire had already been balloted and had voted in favour of a walk-out if issues could not be resolved.
His comments come after it was revealed that teachers at Birkenshaw Middle School had voted 7:1 in favour of taking action if issues were not resolved.
They are among several schools expressing concern over the restructuring which was introduced in January.
School governors are now responsible for setting pay scales in schools
Mr Roberts said Birkenshaw was not an isolated case and talks would be held next week with its school governors.
"We are having very serious discussions with the headteacher and governors next week and are hoping to resolve all the issues concerned," he said.
"There are unresolved issues in other schools also."
Mr Roberts said the union, which has 1,700 members in Kirklees, was very concerned members could lose money under the restructuring.
He said in some instances responsibility for pupil welfare, such as that of heads of year, were being taken away from teachers and given to behaviour manager. In these cases, teachers could lose as much as £3,000 a year.
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Education Service said discussions were ongoing and she was aware of ballots having taken place in two Kirklees schools.
Officers from the authority were helping schools with the ongoing process.