Teachers strike over pensions

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MANY High Peak school pupils are getting a day off today (Thursday) as a result of strike action by teachers’ unions.

While most schools are remaining open, there will be widespread disruptions with many parents asked to keep their children at home for some of part of the day.

The 24-hour walkout involves members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) as well as the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the University and College Union and also members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.

They are protesting against the government’s pension proposals which they say would make them pay more, work longer and get less in retirement.

They fear the proposals will mean they will no longer get the brightest and best graduates to work in schools, colleges and universities as they will find better rewarded jobs.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “The action on Thursday is unavoidable and unless the Government starts listening rather than simply imposing its will, it leaves us with little choice other than to consider further action.”

However, Education Secretary Michael Gove, said the strike action, was regrettable, unnecessary, premature and “will cause a massive inconvenience to hard-working families.”