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Striking teachers picket Sowerby Bridge school

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Teachers picketed a Sowerby Bridge school today as part of the ongoing row against pay, pensions and working conditions.

Sowerby Bridge High School teachers and union representatives gathered on Albert Road with placards and leaflets about why they are taking industrial action.

The school is closed for all students expect year 11 and sixth form students.

Teachers across Calderdale are staging a one day strike, organised by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT.

NUT Divisional Secretary for Calderdale Sue McMahon, picketing outside Sowerby Bridge High School, said: “The Secretary of State, Michael Gove, wrote to the teaching unions and unfortunately he has not attended any of the talks nor have ministers. Talks have only been held with civil servants who have not negotiated with the unions.

“This strike could have been averted today. The damage today’s strike will cause is nothing compared to the damage Gove is doing to education.”

Union representative and Sowerby Bridge High School science teacher Yvonne Carr said: “We’re taking strike action because we are desperate to get the government to listen to our cause.

“It’s unsustainable to expect people to work until they’re 68 in order to get a full pension.”

Mrs Carr said in the last five years two out of five teaching staff leave the profession within five years, on average.

The group of picketers will head to Bradford along with other Calderdale strikers to join a protest rally in the city centre, today.

Has today’s strike affected you? Email newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk or call newsdesk 01422 260208 and tell us how today’s strike has affected you.

 

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