Teachers Strike Closes Schools In Dorset
7:22am 17th October 2013
(Updated 2:07pm 17th October 2013)
Most of Dorset's Schools are closed today (Thursday 17th October) as teachers walk out in the continuing row over pay and pensions.
Only some smaller schools and those in rural areas are expected to remain open.
Members of the NUT and NASUWT Unions are striking over changing workloads and plans to introduce performance related pay.
Secretary of Dorset's NUT Geoff Cook told Wessex FM teachers are angry and walking out on their pupils is never an easy decision;
"Teachers think very hard before they take strike action, it's the last resort. They always go the extra mile to make sure children's education isn't affected. They'll be setting additional work over the coming weeks and months to make sure no coursework is missed out on."
Many parents Wessex FM spoke to on the school run yesterday weren't happy about the walkout with some having to take their children into work with them or take a day off because they couldn't get childcare. However, some were sympathetic saying they understood the teacher's position and one day off didn't hurt their kids.
Dorset NUT Sec Geoff went on to say "Teachers have had what is the equivalent of a 15% pay reduction in the last 3 years with a pay freeze. Teachers have paid a huge amount extra toward their pensions; I don't think you could say they haven't suffered the same as all the other areas - frontline services."
Weymouth College are not involved in the strike action and are open as normal today.