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Strike could close most Leeds schools on Thursday

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  • by Mark Lavery
 

A union leader says Thursday’s teachers’ strike could close or partially close around 70 per cent of schools in Leeds for the day.

More than 3,000 National Union of Teacher (NUT) members working in 254 Leeds schools are expected to walk out as part of a national day of action.

Leeds City Council say the local authority will not know until Wednesday (July 9) how many schools will be hit

But Patrick Murphy, secretary of the NUT Leeds branch, said the fifth teachers’ strike in Leeds since June 2011 will be well supported, adding: “We expect 70 per cent of schools in Leeds to be affected by the strike, with either partial closure or full closure.”

The NUT is involved in a long-running dispute over claimed excessive workloads, pensions, pay and changes to the education system.

There are around 1,000 NUT members working at 145 schools across Wakefield district.

Wakefield Council yesterday said 71 schools across the district will be closed or partially closed on Thursday. No decision has yet been made on whether or not a further five schools in Wakefield will open.

The NUT strike is part of a national day of co-ordinated walk outs by public sector workers on Thursday. Carers, social workers, refuse collectors, and teaching assistants are among council workers unions expect to support a national dispute over a pay offer of one per cent.

Brian Mulvey, secretary of Leeds Unison said he expects more than 13,000 Leeds city council workers who are members of unions Unison, the GMB and Unite, to go on strike on Thursday.

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “Parents should contact their children’s school to find out if they are affected, as it is at the discretion of head teachers and chairs of governors as to whether individual schools will be closed.”

For details of school closures in Wakefield, go to www.wakefield.gov.uk

 

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