Parents prepare for school strike action

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SCHOOLS around the area will close their doors on Thursday as teaching staff strike to defend their pensions.

The strike is a result of government plans to reform the pension scheme, which the National Union of Teachers (NUT) believes will make teachers pay more, work longer and receive less in return.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, the UK’s largest teachers’ union, said: “The Government’s unnecessary attack on public sector pensions has convinced NUT members that there is no alternative but to support strike action.

“It is disgraceful the Government is pressing ahead with its reforms which will affect teachers’ pensions.

“The Government knows that they are affordable.

“This is a policy which has nothing to do with economics and everything to do with politics.”

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has been highly critical of the Government’s pension strategy, which they say is based more on public perception of public sector pensions than on actual figures, and in the NUT’s strike ballot 92% voted in favour of strike action.

An Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ members ballot produced similarly strong results in favour of strike action.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire County Council said: “The local authority has encouraged governing bodies and head teachers to keep schools open to maintain continuity of education provision, taking into account health and safety requirements.

“Should governors and headteachers feel it necessary to close their school, they have been advised to inform parents as soon as possible.”

The schools that are set to close as part of the action are Airy Hill Community Primary, Hawsker cum Stainsacre C of E Primary and Lythe C of E Primary.

Glaisdale Primary school is closed for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 but is closed for years 1 and 2.

The Whitby Gazette cannot confirm whether Oakridge Community Primary, Fylingdales C of E Primary and Ruswarp C of E Primary schools would close as they declined to comment.