Teachers to strike again

ANGRY: Members of the NUT are planning to strike next month
ANGRY: Members of the NUT are planning to strike next month
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Lancashire’s schools are gearing up for another day of strikes by teachers.

The National Union of Teachers has confirmed members will be striking on July 10.

The union, which has members in every school in the county, has previously called off a planned strike earlier this month.

Unison, GMB and Unite are planning to call upon members working in local government and education to take strike action on the same day.

The union is angry at the failure “to make progress” on its dispute over teachers’ pay, pensions and workload.

Simon Jones, national executive member for Lancashire said: “For teachers, performance related pay, working until 68 for a full pension and a heavy workload for 60 hours a week, is unsustainable.

He added: “Strike action is a last resort for teachers and we deeply regret the disruption it causes parents and pupils.”

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “Schools are run by headteachers and governors, therefore they must decide how to react to the planned strike, based on the particular circumstances at their individual schools.

“The county council will, of course, offer support and advice about matters such as risk assessments and teacher-pupil ratios, but these are routine issues for schools and it will be for headteachers to make their own decisions based on staffing numbers.”