Stroud teachers to strike over pay, pensions and workload
HUNDREDS of teachers will go on strike tomorrow (Thursday) over pay, pensions and workload.
Dozens of primary and secondary schools across the district will be closed as teachers take strike action against Government plans for performance-related pay, extending the working age to 68 and changes to pensions.
Stroud MP Neil Carmichael said the strike, organised by the two largest teachers unions, the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, would not be helpful.
“The important thing is to focus on providing a good education for all children,” he said.
“I think our teachers do an excellent job and I am very determined to encourage more people into the profession.”
However, David Drew, Labour’s parliamentary candidate, said: “I wish they didn’t have to strike but their terms, conditions and quality of life are being changed.”
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “Strike action is a last resort, teachers have been left with no choice.”
Among the schools affected are Marling School, Stroud High School and Thomas Keble School which will be closed to all students while Archway School, Maidenhill School, Rednock School and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s will be partially closed.
For a full list of closures go to gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools
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