5:04pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013
THOUSANDS of children across Halesowen and Sandwell were told to stay at home on Tuesday as teachers went on strike over changes to their pensions, pay and working conditions.
All the high schools were closed to students, although Perryfields in Oldbury and Ormiston Forge in Cradley Heath were partially open.
Many of the area’s primary schools were also closed and teachers manned picket lines or attended a mass regional rally in Birmingham as part of the action called by the NUT and NASUWT.
Dudley’s NUT secretary Martin Lynch said there had been “very strong” support for the day-long strike from teachers.
“We hope the Government and Michael Gove will listen carefully and open negotiations about our concerns. If they don’t, we are prepared to take further action.
“We are seeking to defend the education system alongside other public services which are crucial to us all.”
Teachers are angry at Government plans to dismantle the national pay system, extend the school day and year and change their pension, which it is claimed will mean teachers working longer, paying more and receiving less.
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