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Most schools could shut for next week's teacher strike
MOST if not all schools across the county may shut for a day next week as teachers go on strike.
The two unions behind the industrial action said they expect all schools to be affected, at least by partial closures.
The NUT and NASUWT together represent 85 per cent of teachers.
They are in dispute with the government over what they describe as excessive workload, and bureaucracy, cuts and other changes to teachers' pay, adverse changes to their pensions and job cuts.
Annette Pryce, Bucks County Secretary of the NUT, said: "Members of the two unions make up the vast majority of the teaching workforce in Buckinghamshire, and don’t foresee that any schools will remain unaffected. Schools will close for health and safety reasons and some will have partial closures.
"Morale is at an all time low. It is high time that (Education Secretary) Michael Gove seriously discussed teachers' concerns.
"He has stated an agreement to talk, but not to make any compromises on anything he has already decided. This is disingenuous.
"It is a mistake on his part to believe that teachers will just sit quietly by and see their profession continually attacked by this Government for no good reason, and these attacks have been thrown at us week after week in recent months."
She believes some parents support their campaign, while others do not but insisted: "When parents are given the right information, they can see the value of educators standing up to government bullies."
She called him "the real enemy of promise", citing various policies the unions are unhappy with.
She said: "As teachers, we deeply regret the disruption for parents caused by strike action. Schools have known for a number of weeks and hopefully will have given enough notice to take appropriate action.
"However the Government’s refusal to engage to resolve the dispute means that they have no alternative other than to demonstrate to the government the seriousness of their concerns."
The Department for Education said in a statement the strike was disappointing.
It said: "In a recent poll, 61 per cent of respondents supported linking teachers' pay to performance and 70 per cent either opposed the strikes or believed that teachers should not be allowed to strike at all.
"All strikes will do is disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."
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