UPDATED: Schools in town will close as teachers strike over pay, pensions and workloads

Warrington Guardian: NUT stage walkout NUT stage walkout

TWENTY-TWO schools in the town have so far said they are set to close on Thursday as teachers stage a walkout over a long-running row with the Government over pay, pensions and workloads.

Members of the National Union of Teachers have decided to strike as part of a bitter dispute over ‘excessive workload and pointless bureaucracy’, performance related pay for teachers, ‘unfair pension changes’ and concerns over teacher numbers.

Beth Purnell, division secretary for the NUT in Warrington, said: “Teachers only ever take strike action as a last resort. We deeply regret disruption to pupils and parents.

“We are in dispute with the Government about pay, pensions and workload.

"The massive increase in teachers’ workload since 2010 is not time spent on preparing exciting lessons for your children, but on form-filling.”

Birchwood Primary, Chapelford Village, Culcheth High, Evelyn Street Primary, Grappenhall Hall, Grappenhall Heys, New Horizons, Oakwood Primary, Penketh Primary, Penketh South Primary, Sacred Heart Primary, St Bridget's Primary, St Margaret's Primary, St Paul of the Cross Primary, The Cobbs and Warrington St Barnabas will all close on Thursday.

Barrow Hall, Beamont Primary, Bewsey Lodge Primary, Brook Acre Primary, Green Lane School and Latchford St James Primary have also confirmed they will be closed on Thursday.

But this number is expected to grow as a number of schools have yet to confirm whether they will remain open.

Many schools will also see a number of its lessons disrupted with some partial closures across the town.

But it is not only schools that will be affected by the industrial action on Thursday.

Council staff, health workers, civil servants and firefighters are also set to stage a mass walkout.

Services across the town could grind to a halt as thousands of workers are expected to take part in the public sector workers strike.

Firefighters from the Fire Brigades Union, civil servants in the Public and Commercial Services union, council and school support workers in the GMB, Unite and Unison have already said they will be taking part in the strike, which is poised to be the biggest co-ordinated public-sector strike in years.

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8:00pm Mon 7 Jul 14

shamus2 says...

The teachers workload is ridiculous nowadays. Add to this Offsted inspections (and their moving goal posts) and the constant interference of unqualified politicians, I do not know how teachers cope. If striking is the last resort then I don't blame them.
The teachers workload is ridiculous nowadays. Add to this Offsted inspections (and their moving goal posts) and the constant interference of unqualified politicians, I do not know how teachers cope. If striking is the last resort then I don't blame them. shamus2
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12:17am Tue 8 Jul 14

grey-area says...

Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?
Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike? grey-area
  • Score: 6

10:11am Tue 8 Jul 14

Cheap Mower says...

I bet it's nice being in a position where you don't get sacked for going on strike. . . .
I bet it's nice being in a position where you don't get sacked for going on strike. . . . Cheap Mower
  • Score: 3

9:59am Wed 9 Jul 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

grey-area wrote:
Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?
That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.
[quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?[/p][/quote]That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA. SAC_in_Warrington
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10:01am Wed 9 Jul 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Cheap Mower wrote:
I bet it's nice being in a position where you don't get sacked for going on strike. . . .
A hard won sacrificial right to do so, I will defend it to the hilt.
[quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: I bet it's nice being in a position where you don't get sacked for going on strike. . . .[/p][/quote]A hard won sacrificial right to do so, I will defend it to the hilt. SAC_in_Warrington
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7:47pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SankeyB says...

Nice to see that's it ok to disrupt your child's education if it suits the staff but if you dare take your child out of school for the day then it's a different story.
Nice to see that's it ok to disrupt your child's education if it suits the staff but if you dare take your child out of school for the day then it's a different story. SankeyB
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8:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

grey-area says...

SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
grey-area wrote:
Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?
That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.
I know it depends on the "decision". I just want clarification from someone who knows the answer.
[quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?[/p][/quote]That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.[/p][/quote]I know it depends on the "decision". I just want clarification from someone who knows the answer. grey-area
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9:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

grey-area wrote:
SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
grey-area wrote:
Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.I know it depends on the "decisionThat was the answer. from one who knows. Each case is herd on the evidence available in any actual case. It was my job for 20 years, investigating poor and unauthorised absences so I do know what I am talking about.
[quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?[/p][/quote]That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.[/p][/quote]I know it depends on the "decisionThat was the answer. from one who knows. Each case is herd on the evidence available in any actual case. It was my job for 20 years, investigating poor and unauthorised absences so I do know what I am talking about. SAC_in_Warrington
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11:03pm Wed 9 Jul 14

grey-area says...

SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
grey-area wrote:
SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
grey-area wrote:
Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.I know it depends on the "decisionThat was the answer. from one who knows. Each case is herd on the evidence available in any actual case. It was my job for 20 years, investigating poor and unauthorised absences so I do know what I am talking about.Fair enough response.
So what would you rule then in my theoectical situation.
[quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grey-area[/bold] wrote: Will I still be fined if I can't get my child to school when I go on strike?[/p][/quote]That will depend on the decision of Warrington Borough council and associated LEA.[/p][/quote]I know it depends on the "decisionThat was the answer. from one who knows. Each case is herd on the evidence available in any actual case. It was my job for 20 years, investigating poor and unauthorised absences so I do know what I am talking about.[/p][/quote]Fair enough response. So what would you rule then in my theoectical situation. grey-area
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