PARENTS in Hartlepool faced disruption on Wednesday as strike action affects several schools across the town.
Teachers in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have been involved in an ongoing dispute with the Government over pay, pensions, jobs and workload and members are staging a one-day walkout.
Affected schools sent out letters to parents in advance of the strike, and while only Greatham Church of England Primary School and Kingsley Primary School were fully closed, many others were operating with reduced classes depnding on the number of staff involved in the dispute.
Decisions on whether the schools would remain open or partially open were taken by the headteachers and governing bodies.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: “The NUT announced national strike action in England and Wales as a result of the Education Secretary’s refusal to meet to discuss the matters over which are in dispute; pay, pensions, jobs and workload.
“The NUT has made clear that strike action can be stopped if the Secretary of State addresses teachers’ concerns and engages in serious dialogue with the NUT on the matters of our dispute.”
She added: “Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until 68.
“Our concerns have to be addressed if a crisis in teacher supply is to be avoided.
“The NUT believe that action by teacher unions is the best way to defend teachers and the education service.”