Strike: schools across Islington shut as teachers protest

PUBLISHED: 09:09 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:09 26 March 2014

NUT members will take strike action today over pay and pension changes (Picture: PA)

NUT members will take strike action today over pay and pension changes (Picture: PA)

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Schools across Islington will close today as teachers strike over pay and pensions.

A total of 22 schools across the borough are closed completely, while nine remain open and 28 only partially open.

The strike, organised by the largest teacher union – the National Union of Teachers (NUT) – is part of a campaign to protect pay and pensions and to ensure a realistic workload.

NUT members are concerned about government changes which include proposals for teachers to work until they are 68 or older, increasing pension contributions by 50 per cent and reducing the pension package as well as introducing performance-related pay.

Government figures have revealed primary school teachers are working about 60 hours a week, which the NUT believes is too much and one of the reasons why so many young teachers are leaving the profession.

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