More than half of schools in Bury set to close as teachers walk out tomorrow

This Is Lancashire: NUT members in Bury will strike tomorrow, closing more than half of the borough's schools NUT members in Bury will strike tomorrow, closing more than half of the borough's schools

MORE than half of Bury’s schools will be completely or partially closed tomorrow as teachers strike over pay, pensions and working hours.

Last month the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced their members would stage a fresh national strike.

In total 15 schools in the borough will be completely closed and a further 33 are set to be partially closed, the latest information released by Bury Council suggests.

Schools will contact parents with any updates and those requiring further information should get in touch with the school directly, council education chiefs have said. 

The NUT accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “persistent refusals” to address their complaints and first balloted members around three years ago.

The long-running row also lead to industrial action last June which saw many schools in Bury close.

The Derby High is among the secondary schools closed because the school has more NUT members among its staff than any other in Bury.

Helen Andrews, secretary of Bury NUT, said: “We suspended strike action in November because there was a suggestion that Mr Gove might talk to us, but no talks have happened.

“Now we are getting to a point where you have a teaching profession which is totally demoralised, the rate of teachers leaving within five years of coming into the profession is increasing, and there is a looming shortage of teachers.

“We are clearly not being listened to or being treated as professionals. Education is in crisis.”

There will be no picket lines in Bury tomorrow but scores of teachers from the borough will march through Manchester city centre with colleagues from across Greater Manchester.

A proposed one-day national walkout in November by the NUT and the NASUWT was called off and the NASUWT has decided not to take part in tomorrow's walkout.

A spokesman for the Department for Education (DfE) said: "Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government's measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

"They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.

"Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."

Today, David Cameron’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing the Prime Minister was calling on teachers not to strike because “it disrupts children’s education and children’s families”.

For information about which schools are set to be completely or partially closed: click here.  

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3:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

sense2 says...

I can't believe that they have the cheek to go on strike and make out they are hard done by . Longer holidays than any normal working person and able to retire in their early fifties in most cases with a pension funded by other hard working taxpayers. The time has come for us to get real and make them work until retirement age like the rest of us and cut drastically the amount us the taxpayer put into their pension pot. On the holiday front by all means let them have a little extra to prepare lessons but a couple of the weeks a year they get could be taken off them and they could be found something useful to do in the community.
I can't believe that they have the cheek to go on strike and make out they are hard done by . Longer holidays than any normal working person and able to retire in their early fifties in most cases with a pension funded by other hard working taxpayers. The time has come for us to get real and make them work until retirement age like the rest of us and cut drastically the amount us the taxpayer put into their pension pot. On the holiday front by all means let them have a little extra to prepare lessons but a couple of the weeks a year they get could be taken off them and they could be found something useful to do in the community. sense2
  • Score: 3

3:52pm Tue 25 Mar 14

mdavies11 says...

Yes, they get paid over the summer holidays when they are not even there. If they really cared about the pupils, they would go in and do up the school and mow the grass and do summer school for the kids that need it and run summer sports schemes like they do in every other European country, while our teachers watch TV and eat crisps for 12 weeks.
Yes, they get paid over the summer holidays when they are not even there. If they really cared about the pupils, they would go in and do up the school and mow the grass and do summer school for the kids that need it and run summer sports schemes like they do in every other European country, while our teachers watch TV and eat crisps for 12 weeks. mdavies11
  • Score: 4

12:20pm Wed 26 Mar 14

buckfeed17 says...

As parents now can get fined for taking their children out of school for holidays and such, i hope the parents affected by this strike action will be pushing for reimbursement of child care and time off work to look after their children who should be in school but aren't because of these teachers.
As parents now can get fined for taking their children out of school for holidays and such, i hope the parents affected by this strike action will be pushing for reimbursement of child care and time off work to look after their children who should be in school but aren't because of these teachers. buckfeed17
  • Score: 1

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