Eastbourne schools hit by teacher strike

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A number of schools across Eastbourne are shut or partially closed today (Thursday) as teachers walk out on strike in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Members of the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions, which collectively represent more than 90 per cent of teachers, are staging a day of action in the south east.

They are also holding a rally at Eastbourne Town Hall at 11am this morning.

Phil Clarke from the NUT said, “The strike is a result of Michael Gove’s and the Department for Education’s attacks on teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions.

“Our members are responding in great number to the strike call. Strike action is a last resort for teachers but anger at school closures must be directed at the government. Without genuine negotiations Michael Gove has introduced divisive pay systems that set teacher against teacher, torn up pensions so teachers will be in the classroom to 68 and is now planning to remove our right to proper planning time, limits on workload and even our hard fought for right to a lunch break. We have been left with no choice except industrial action if we are to defend teacher professionalism and educational standards.”

East Sussex County Council, the county’s education authority which has a list of schools effected by the strike action, said it was disappointed the strike was going ahead.

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