Schools shut as teachers go on strike

DOZENS of schools across Sussex will be closed tomorrow (Thursday) as thousands of teachers take part in a one-day strike to defend public sector pensions.

Schools in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford will shut their doors as members of the National Union of Teachers join members of the ATL, PCS and UCU for the industrial action which will see a demonstration take place in Brighton.

The teachers’ unions are campaigning against changes to their pensions which they say will mean working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.

Secretary of Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT Phil Clarke said, “The strike call is getting a tremendous response from members.

“We know how difficult it is when schools shut for parents but with the government refusing to take negotiations seriously we have no other choice than to strike.”

Tomorrow pickets will be mounted at some schools and between 8am and 9am in Lewes four unions will come together at Priory School, alongside Sussex Downs College and the Lewes job centre.

Members across Sussex will then go to the Level in Brighton for 10.30am to meet with a thousand plus teachers and other public sector workers for a demonstration, followed by a rally 12.30pm at Hove Town Hall.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said, “While we understand teachers’ concerns we are extremely disappointed union members have decided on this course of action.

“We do not believe disrupting the education of our children is the way to go about resolving this issue.”