Islington schools closing during pensions protest

Dozens of schools could close in Islington tomorrow (Thursday 30) as thousands of teachers and civil servants go on strike over government pension plans.

The Islington branch of the National Union for Teachers (NUT) plan to join a huge demonstration in central London.

Out of the 1,400 education staff members who are part of the union in the borough, a total of 48 per cent voted on whether to strike and it was 97 per cent in favour.

Teachers are unhappy that they may have to pay 50 per cent more for a pension and work until aged 68 to get a full package.

Ken Muller, secretary of the Islington NUT, said: “We regret having to take this action and any disruption it will cause.

“But we are certain many parents are public sector workers with pensions and we feel that the majority will support the protest.”

The huge march assembles from 11am at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, with protesters proceeding to a rally at Westminster Central Hall.

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Across the country around 75,000 public sectors workers are expected to walkout bringing services to a standstill.