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Teacher strike to affect Bucks schools
SCHOOLS in Bucks could face closure for one day next week as a teaching union plans another bout of strike action.
Members of the largest teachers union, the National Union of Teachers, plan to strike on Wednesday, March 26, and it is predicting a large number of Bucks schools will be affected.
Buckinghamshire County Council says parents and carers of pupils will be notified of any full or partial closures by their children's school.
The strike is part of an on-going campaign of action against planned and implemented changes to national pay, conditions and pensions.
Bucks NUT Secretary, Annette Pryce, said: "Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job.
"Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated, not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction.
"This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us."
The union also struck over the same issues last autumn.
Members of the NUT are concerned that government changes, including teachers working until they are 68 and introducing performance related pay, will have a damaging effect on education.
The NUT has also launched a campaign, Stand Up for Education, which it says will give teachers the chance to fight to ensure that certain expectations - such as having a qualified teacher in every classroom, well planned curriculum changes - are met.It will have a stall in Wycombe town centre on Saturday.
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