Thousands of teachers strike in London over pay and pensions
PUBLISHED: 03:00 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:38 26 March 2014
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Hundreds of schools in London are closed or partially closed today as a nationwide teacher strike hits the capital.
Members of the National Union of Teachers are staging a walkout as part of their campaign over pay, pensions and workload issues.
As well as closures the majority of schools will experience serious disruption as teachers march through central London from Broadcasting House near Oxford Circus, through Trafalgar Square and Downing Street to Central Hall in Westminster, where a rally will be held.
The NUT says its members are concerned Government changes will have a damaging effect on education.
Its regional secretary for London, Bob Stapley, said: “It is time for the Secretary of State seriously to address the issue of teacher workload if we are to retain the excellent teacher we have in London schools.
“Teachers do not take strike action lightly but they believe that nothing else will bring about the meaningful negotiations we are seeking.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Education 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.”