July 29 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A total of 17 schools in Suffolk are so far set to close tomorrow as the National Union of Teachers strike in a dispute with the government.
The union agreed in April to a strike over teachers’ pay and workload, they will be joined by members of UNISON, UNITE, GMB, PCS and the FBU who are also striking over pay.
The strike has already led to the closure of 17 schools in Suffolk, including six in Ipswich, and 42 schools being partially affected.
In Essex 39 schools are to be closed, and 67 partially affected.
Members of the NUT in Suffolk will meet at Giles Circus in Ipswich for a rally at 11am tomorrow and then march through the town with members of other unions.
Graham White, secretary of Suffolk NUT, said the union had to object to the proposals of the government.
“You have a simply choice really,” he said. “Either you say that government wins and we’ll accept lower pay, we’ll accept people dying on the job, we’ll accept the massive recruitment and retention crisis, and 40% of teachers leaving some schools in a year, we’re not going to do anything about it.
“But that’s a ridiculous point to take, that’s why we have to continue to fight for what we believe in and to protect the education system.”
He also threatened that the union could take multiple day strike action in the future and said that he hoped the strike would “have an impact on the election” by making more people aware of the policies of the current government.
However the Department for Education said further strikes would only disrupt the lives of parents, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.
A spokesman added: “There is no justification for further strikes. The unions asked for talks, we agreed to their request and talks are ongoing. Ministers have also met frequently with the unions and will continue to do so.”
List of schools currently planning to close:
The Ashley School Academy Trust - Lowestoft
Alde Valley School - Leiston
East Bergholt High School - East Bergholt
Westbourne Academy - Ipswich
St Alban’s Catholic High School - Ipswich
Warren School - Lowestoft
The Bridge School (Primary Site) - Ipswich
Stowupland High School - Stowupland
Stowmarket Middle School - Stowmarket
St Christopher’s PRU - Ipswich
Rushmere Hall Primary School - Ipswich
Riverwalk School - Bury St Edmunds
Pakefield School - Lowestoft
Elmsett CEVCP School - Elmsett
Bealings School - Woodbridge
Beacon Hill School - Ipswich
Aldeburgh Primary School - Aldeburgh