Teaching union announces strike action

Members of the NUT on strike at Northampton's Guildhall in 2011
Members of the NUT on strike at Northampton's Guildhall in 2011

The teachers’ union NUT says some schools in Northamptonshire may be closed or offering a reduced timetable next Wednesday (March 26) because of a planned strike action.

The unions says the strike is part of a campaign over protection of pay and pensions.

A spokesman for the NUT said: “Members of the NUT are concerned that government changes will have a damaging effect on education.

“These include teachers working until they are 68 or beyond, increasing pension contributions by 50 per cent and reducing the pension package and introducing performance related pay.

“In addition, while this is not the focus of this strike action most teachers are angry and opposed to the wholesale privatisation of education and the waste of resources in the academy and free schools programmes.”

More details about how the strikes may affect schools in Kettering will be published when it is available.