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Teachers' strike day hits town schools
4:40pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of school pupils across the Malvern area enjoyed a day out of the classroom when teaching unions went on strike on Tuesday.
Some schools closed down entirely, including the Chase Technology College, and others were open only for selected classes or year groups as staff protested over pay, pensions, job cuts and workload.
Dyson Perrins spokesman Pete Wallace said: “About two-thirds of the staff took part in the strike and it did have an impact, but we managed to keep the school open for years 11 and 13 who have exams coming up, and the students worked very hard.”
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Strike action is never a step that teachers take lightly and we are very concerned about the inconvenience it causes parents.
“Changes to pay, pensions and workload will make teaching a far less attractive profession, which is not in the long-term interests of teachers and children.”
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