Teachers take strike action

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THE teachers’ strikes on Thursday have been hailed as “very successful” by a union spokesperson.

A total of seven primary schools across Fenland were closed completely, as well as two secondary schools. A further 12 primary schools and two secondary schools were partially closed.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) demonstrated against changes to their pensions which they say will mean working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.

There were demonstrations going on around the country including, more locally, in King’s Lynn and Peterborough, that were attended by some of the teachers striking.

Des Hart, a regional spokesperson for the NUT, said: “This has been the biggest mass action in decades. It is the first time the ATL has taken strike action in its history. It really shows the strength and depth of feeling. But things could become even more problematic if the government aren’t prepared to negotiate in good faith.”

He warned further demonstrations could take place in the autumn if negotiations with the government do not move forward, planned by other teaching unions.