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Stop teachers' strikes and start talking, says MP Brine
A HAMPSHIRE MP today called for the teachers’ strikes to stop and both sides to start talking.
MP Steve Brine’s call came as thousands of pupils in Hampshire and Southampton face not being in class on Thursday as the number of schools being forced to close due to the teachers’ strike increases to more than 80.
Hundreds of teachers are expected to take to the picket line this week over changes to their pensions, pay and conditions.
Last night a total of 81 schools had already announced that they would either be closed or partially closed due to a lack of teaching staff turning up for work on Thursday.
He said: “I very much regret the inconvenience this will cause my constituents who are juggling school age children and work.
“I think we all want the walkouts to stop and the talking to start.”
Eastleigh Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton said: “This situation needs both sides to take stock and be prepared to enter into dialogue.
“The right to strike is an important part of our democracy, but that must be balanced with consideration of our children’s education and the inconvenience a strike will cause.
“As a parent and a college governor I know first-hand what an incredible job local teachers do and at a national level I’d urge both sides to sit down and sort it out for the sake of the education of our children.”
In a bid to help some of those parents struggling to find alternative childcare for the day a Southampton holiday club is opening its doors for one day only, offering fully supervised activities throughout the day for youngsters with no school to go to.
The Chamberlayne Leisure Centre Holiday Club has room for up to 45 children, aged from four to 13, and will be open from 8am, when parents can drop off their youngsters before work and pick them up at 6pm.
Andrea Gates, who runs the club, and her colleagues will be coming in especially in the hope of helping out any parents in trouble and will have a host of activities to keep children entertained, from bouncy castles to sports and arts and crafts.
Andrea said: “We did it during the last strike and it worked well so we thought we would do it again.
“We have the room, we have the staff, so we thought we would help out any parents who find themselves in trouble this Thursday.
“We have lots of activities for the children to get involved with and to keep them entertained throughout the day.”
As previously reported, the main teaching unions the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union Women Teachers (NASUWT) will stage their joint day of action as part of a series of rolling strikes.
NASUWT executive member Paul Watkins told the Daily Echo that it is the intention of the unions to shut every school and that head teachers should be supporting striking members.
But as it stands 54 schools have been able to confirm that they will be open on Thursday despite the industrial action.
For more information about Chamberlayne Leisure Centre’s Holiday Club, which charges £19.75 for the day, call 023 8043 7668.
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