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Teacher strike will have 'significant impact' on Bromley schools, union says

PUBLISHED: 14:35 10 September 2013

A union leader has said there will be a "significant impact" on schools in Bromley if the strike planned for next month goes ahead.

Bob Stapley, regional secretary for London of the National Union of Teachers said schools will be forced to close, unless an agreement is made with the government.

The strike is planned for October 17 and will affect both primary and secondary schools.

Mr Stapley said: “It will have a very significant impact in Bromley. It’s likely to be very well supported and is likely to be very disruptive to the majority of secondary and primary schools and will unfortunately result in quite a significant number of schools being shut.”

The strike is being organised by the NUT and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, who between them claim to represent 80 per cent of teachers.

Mr Stapley was keen to emphasise that the strike does not need to go ahead if the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove listens to the unions’ concerns.

“It will have a significant impact,” Mr Stapley added. “If the secretary of state sits down it might be possible to reach a resolution.”

The strike is over a long-running row over pay, pensions and workload.

Teachers are “angry, frustrated and concerned” about the government’s reforms the unions said.

Mr Gove wrote to both unions in March to say he was willing to meet them to discuss their dispute, but also insisted that the “direction of travel” on both their key issues was “fixed”.

Under the government’s reforms, due to come into effect from this autumn, teachers’ pay will be linked to performance in the classroom - with schools setting salaries rather than following a national framework.

Changes have also been made to public sector pensions.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless.

“The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.”

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