Strike ‘first of many’

29th June 2011'Teacher's walk out in row over pensions ' 'LOCATION: Wakefield Cathedral precinct'' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
29th June 2011'Teacher's walk out in row over pensions ' 'LOCATION: Wakefield Cathedral precinct'' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A TEACHER’S strike that disrupted nine schools in the Express area could be the first of many, according to union officials.

Hemsworth Arts and Community College and Minsthorpe Community College closed last Thursday, along with three primary schools.

At least four other schools were partially closed.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) walked out in protest at proposed changes to their pensions, which they claim will leave them working longer, paying more and receiving less.

Sally Kincaid, secretary of the Wakefield branch of the NUT, said: “This is just the start of things to come.

“The government is digging its heels in and next time lots more people will join us.”

Around 200 union members marched through the centre of Wakefield, waving banners and chanting: ‘No ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts’.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union were also on strike, which led to disruption at some of the district’s courts and jobcentres.

The NUT is now organising a ‘Fair Pensions for All’ petition, which it plans to hand to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: “The NUT wants to see fair pensions for all workers.

“The government needs to be aware that more and more people are becoming extremely angry about this attack on pensions and will take action to defend them.

“The ‘we are all in this together’ rhetoric is sounding increasingly hollow with each passing day.”

Visit www.teachers.org.uk to sign the petition.