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Pay row will see school and council staff strike

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 01, 2014

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HUNDREDS of teachers, support staff and council workers look set to strike as part of a row over pay and pensions.

Members of the GMB, Unison and the National Union of Teachers unions will walkout on Thursday, July 10 foe 24 hours.

More than two million workers across the country are expected to step behind the picket line.

Viv Sharples, head teacher at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, said: “I wish to alert parents that one of the teaching unions and a support staff union have announced strike action on Thursday, July 10.

“We will endeavour to keep school open, as long as it is safe for us to do so, but I will confirm when the results of a ballot being held by a third union are announced.”

A spokesman for John Port School, in Etwall, said: “The NUT have announced their intention to take national strike action on July 10, in conjunction with other public sector unions.

“This is in support of their continuing dispute with the government. We are looking at our alternatives and will let parents know by July 3 whether or not we can open to students.”

The number could be further increased if a fourth union, Unite, vote to take part in the action.

GMB National Secretary Brian Strutton said: “Our members have spoken loud and clear and said they want to go on strike.”

Mike Brown, Unison regional organiser for Derbyshire, said: “Derbyshire schools staff and council workers have sent a clear message to the government and council employers that this year’s local government pay offer of 1 per cent is the last straw.

“After all these years these hard-pressed staff deserve a decent pay +rise. They do the best for us we should do the best by them.”

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: “The Government is still failing to make progress on our trade dispute.

A spokesman for the Department for Education, speaking about the school strikes, said: “Further strike action will only disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”

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