Schools in Merton set to close ahead of strike action
Hundreds of teachers are expected to go on strike tomorrow as two of the biggest teaching unions take action in a row over pensions and pay.
Members of both the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) are set to strike tomorrow, October 17.
The Government want to link teacher's retirement age to the state retirement age making them work longer and average out their pension based on overall earnings rather than their salary at retirement.
This is the second of two strikes organised by the unions in a bid to persuade the Government to enter into talks to resolve the dispute.
A spokesperson for Merton’s NASUWT said: "We are taking this action as a last resort, after almost two years of action short of strike action, because the secretary of state for education has refused to engage in dialogue with our representatives.
"The government has refused to provide the figures that justify their increases in teachers' pension contributions and higher pension age.
"They have implemented performance related pay without evidence that it will improve outcomes for students.
"And the changes that are now being proposed by the secretary of state have the potential to reduce the amount of time available for teachers to plan lessons and assess work."
Helen Ryan, from Merton’s NASUWT, will be leading a group of teachers from Morden station this morning to join a larger protest in central London.
She said: "If teachers do not have sufficient time to prepare and assess work then teaching will not be adequately tailored to their needs.
"If teachers have high levels of stress, then the quality of the lessons they deliver will be reduced.
"If teaching is not considered an attractive profession then it will not attract high quality graduates.
"I am going on strike to oppose the increasing privatisation of our education system.
"Removing national pay structures and increasing the numbers of free schools and academies are first steps towards allowing schools to be run for profit.
"Privatisation of schools will put the most vulnerable students at risk as schools compete for those most able to achieve the best grades."
Due to the strike 12 schools in Merton will be closed tomorrow with a further 29 set to to be partially open.
For more information visit merton.gov.uk and search school closures.
• Abbotsbury Primary School
• Garfield Primary School
• Bond Primary School
• Gorringe Park Primary School
• Garden Primary School
• Joseph Hood Primary School
• Merton Park Primary School
• Raynes Park High School
• Poplar Primary School
• Rutlish School
• SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School
• Malmesbury Primary School
• All Saints CofE Primary School
• Beecholme Primary School
• Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School
• Dundonald Primary School
• Cricket Green School
• Benedict Primary School
• Aragon Primary School
• Haslemere Primary School
• Hatfeild Primary School
• Hillcross Primary School
• Hollymount School
• Holy Trinity CofE Primary School
• Liberty School
• Links Primary School
• Lonesome Primary School
• St Matthews CofE Primary School
• St Teresas Catholic Primary School
• Ricards Lodge High School
• St John Fisher RC Primary School
• St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
• Stanford Primary School
• The Priory CofE School
• The Sherwood School
• St Marys Catholic Primary School
• The Smart Centre
• Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
• Ursuline High School Wimbledon
• Wimbledon Chase Primary School
• Wimbledon College
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