Protest strike

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 July 2011

(click on image for larger view)Day of National protest at Weston college, Loxton road  campus, picket line.

(click on image for larger view)Day of National protest at Weston college, Loxton road campus, picket line.

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SOMERSET teachers joined picket lines across the area as part of a massive walk-out last week.

The strike, said to be the biggest in a generation, led to a number of union members leaving their posts for the day on June 30.

Hundreds of teachers staged the mass walk-out in protest against proposed Government pension cuts and dozens of schools had to close for the day.

Picket lines were set up at Weston College’s University Campus in Loxton Road and Worle Community School in Redwing Drive in demonstration over the plans.

Public sector workers also joined the three main teaching unions on a strike for the first time.

Thousands of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members, including dozens of those in air traffic control and immigration at Bristol Airport, at the job centre in Weston and North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges, joined industrial action across the district.

Classes were cancelled and many children given the day off because of the strike.

Teachers at primary, secondary and special schools, as well as about 100 members of staff at Weston College’s campuses, joined in, along with those at Bridgwater College.

Along with members of PCS, those of the University and College Union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers were among those taking part.

The Department for Education has written to union leaders setting out plans to recoup £2.8billion from the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme.

Teachers and public sector workers are concerned they may also be forced to work until the age of 68.

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