Search

Thousands of teachers strike in London over pay and pensions

NUT members will take strike action today over pay and pension changes (Picture: PA)

NUT members will take strike action today over pay and pension changes (Picture: PA)

PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Saturday, May 2, 2015
The scooter was in collision with a car driven by a member of the public

A teenager hospitalised after his scooter collided with another vehicle while being pursued by Camden police remains in critical condition.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Steve McQueen's Porsche 917 driven at Le Mans.

The roar and growls of supercar engines will soon get pulses racing as St John’s Wood gears up for its annual supercar pageant – this year in association with the Ham&High and its sister title the Wood&Vale.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo Wing entrance at St Mary's Hospital after reports from Kensington Palace announced the born of a baby girl (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl - with mother and baby both doing well, Kensington Palace has announced.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Tim McArthur with Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard at Lauderdale House. Picture: Polly Hancock

The star of 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi! has given her support to a £2.1million fundraising campaign to restore a historic Highgate house.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder