TEACHERS picketed a South Tyneside school today as part of the ongoing row over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Half a dozen pickets gathered at Harton Technology College in South Shields this morning as two of Britain’s biggest teaching union took part in a second day of walkouts this term.
Thousands of teachers in the North East and Cumbria, the South West, South East and London took part in the action, organised by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT.
The Government has condemned the move, saying it is “disappointed” that the unions have decided to strike.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said the “overwhelming majority” of teachers in each of the targeted areas were on strike.
The unions are opposed to Government plans to allow schools to set teachers’ salaries, linked to performance in the classroom, and argue that pensions changes will leave their members working longer, paying in more and receiving less when they retire.
They also accuse the Government of attacking their working conditions, including introducing reforms that will allow schools to have longer school days and longer terms.
Plans for a national one-day walkout before Christmas have also been announced by the two unions.
In South Tyneside, half of our schools were closed, while others had limited opening or were unaffected.