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Thousands of children off school as teachers go on strike
7:16am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
TODAY school halls will fall silent and classrooms will remain empty as scores of teachers stage a one-day walk-out.
The joint day of action by the two main teaching unions has resulted in more than 100 schools in Hampshire shutting.
Teachers from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) are taking action in protest to changes to their pensions, pay and working conditions.
They are protesting to changes to their pension agreement meaning they will have to work longer for a poorer pay out, increased bureaucracy and changes to their pay structure.
It is estimated up to 40,000 children across our region will not be in school today as a result.
Meanwhile teachers will gather in Southampton for a rally.
Teachers are being encouraged to make placards and banners and speak out at the event in support of the industrial action.
They are being urged to gather at 11am at Speakers Corner in Hoglands Park.
Regional spokesman for NASUWT Paul Watkins said he would be at the rally in London, where thousands of teachers are expected to march.
According to the union the “overwhelming majority” of teachers were expected to join the strike.
He said: “I hope it will be well suppor t e d , that is what we are aiming for. I am f e e l i n g quite positive about it, I hope there is a good turnout.”
Along with Hampshire in the south east pupils in three other regions – the north east and Cumbria, the south west and London – will be affected as part of the series of rolling strikes across England.
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the Government’s measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.”
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