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Unions warn of day of school closures
9:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
TEACHING unions representing the majority of teachers in Wiltshire are predicting that most schools in the county will be closed for the day of strike action on Thursday 17 October.
The NUT and the NASUWT are calling on members to strike over pensions, workload, pay and working conditions Mike Harrison, Wiltshire Secretary of the NUT said: “Teachers are under attack with regard to workload, pensions, pay, conditions and job security.
Our professional status is being denigrated and undermined.
“The NUT and NASUWT have reached an historic agreement to act together in defence of teachers and education. We will not allow our pay and jobs to be cut and our pensions, professional practice and working conditions worsened.”
Ian Phillips, Wiltshire secretary of the NASUWT said: “We’d be happy to suspend any potential industrial action if the Government would enter into meaningful consultation with us.”
“We do tend to gain support from parents over strike action but we appreciate there’s an element of distress and inconvenience involved. Parents need to plan for their child’s school to be closed on the 17 October.
“This could be avoided if the Government engaged with us.”
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