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Schools shut in one day of strike action

Striking teachers attended a rally at Eastbourne Town Hall. October 17 2013 E42068P ENGSUS00120131017122502

Striking teachers attended a rally at Eastbourne Town Hall. October 17 2013 E42068P ENGSUS00120131017122502

A number of schools across Eastbourne look set to be closed on Wednesday because of a one day strike by teachers on Wednesday.

A rally will also be held in the town with campaigners meeting at the Bandstand on the seafront at 10.30am and marching to the Town Hall for 11am.

The industrial action has been called by the National Union of Teachers and this week schools made parents aware they would be either closing or partially closing.

Teachers do not have to let headteachers know in advance whether they will strike or not.

Phil Clarke, the secretary of the Eastbourne and Wealden branch of the NUT, said, “Members will take part in a national strike that is set to close schools across the country.

“The NUT represents more than 80 per cent of all teachers in Brighton and more than 60 per cent of all teachers in East Sussex.

“This strike is being called because the teaching profession is under unprecedented attack.

“Teachers are being made to work until 68 and beyond, have had a 15 per cent pay cut and are leaving the profession in droves due to excessive workload.

“Teachers dedicate themselves to their jobs and striking is never easy. This strike is about not only our own pay and conditions but is also the long term future of education for all children. School holidays, most of which are already spent working, do not make up for 60 hour weeks which the government’s own survey reveals is the norm for teachers.

“Working such excessive hours until 68 years old while pay is forced down is already causing a recruitment crisis that is only going to get worse.

“Parents unfortunately put out by this strike should lay blame solely with the government and Michael Gove.

“He refuses to enter into meaningful talks and leave us with no choice if we are to make ourselves heard.”

 

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