Teachers across Hertfordshire set to strike over pay and pensions

The National Union of Teachers(NUT) has confirmed that strike action is planned across the country on Wednesday, March 26. The National Union of Teachers(NUT) has confirmed that strike action is planned across the country on Wednesday, March 26.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
9:14 AM

Teachers across Hertfordshire are set for strike action on Wednesday, March 26.

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The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has confirmed that strike action is planned across the country over national disputes around pay, pensions and working conditions.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for enterprise, education and skills at Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), said: “While we recognise that there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents. We hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned.

“The decision to stay open or to close is for individual school headteachers and governors to make. We have urged as many schools as possible to remain open as long as it is safe to do so, but we do not have any authority to compel them to stay open, whether they are community schools, free schools or academies.

“If school leaders decide to close their doors, we have advised them to inform parents and carers as soon as possible in advance, so that they can make alternative arrangements for their children.”

Justin Donovan, director of education at HCC, said: “The best way for parents to find out about closures is by contacting their children’s schools directly. While we will publicise the dates of impending strike action in advance on www.hertsdirect.org, together with contact details for the county’s schools, schools are not obliged to tell us about closures, so we cannot give an entirely accurate picture of which schools are closing.”

Parents are asked to check with schools directly about potential closures.

5 comments

  • Well that’s good of them to give us short notice of this unauthorised absence, where do I send my invoice to for the days holiday I need to take to look after my child .. because I sure will no doubt will receive one if I choose to take my child out of school. Working conditions … really?

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    Chris

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • We're fined for taking our kids out of school for appropriate family time together, yet they can go on strike and that's OK. I'll have my £60 please.

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    Graham Holloway

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • The strike has been 'booked' for weeks but it is worth checking to see if schools (some are) will be allowing attendance even if lessons cannot be provided.

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    patrick newman

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • 'I wish I'd spent more time at the office'...I make that 31 letters at £8 per, including the goldleaf = £248

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    Bob

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • My sons school are not closing but are just cancelling specific lessons which are affected, as not all teachers will strike. The kids are expected in school as usual but if they have classes which have teachers striking they are to work in the library, ICT suite etc until their next available lesson. Fair enough.

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    Bertie

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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