Hertfordshire teachers set to join others on strike
PUBLISHED: 13:49 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:50 17 March 2014
Teachers in Hertfordshire are set to walk out over pay, pensions and working conditions next week.
They are due to join a nationwide National Union of Teachers (NUT) strike on March 26.
Chris Hayward, cabinet member for enterprise, education and skills, said: “While we recognise that there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents.
“We hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned.
“The decision to stay open or to close is for individual school headteachers and governors to make.
“We have urged as many schools as possible to remain open as long as it is safe to do so, but we do not have any authority to compel them to stay open, whether they are community schools, free schools or academies.”
He added: “If school leaders decide to close their doors, we have advised them to inform parents and carers as soon as possible in advance, so that they can make alternative arrangements for their children.”
The union said the industrial action was over “excessive workload and bureaucracy, performance-related pay and unfair pension changes.”