Teachers' union threatens strike action over school budget cuts

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 May 2017

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A teachers' union has threatened strike action as schools across Weston-super-Mare struggle to cope with new budget cuts.

North Somerset’s branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has around 850 members across the district who work in schools which have been affected by the funding cuts in some way.

Branch secretary Jon Reddiford told the Mercury: “Schools would deal with budget cuts in their own ways. Class sizes are very likely to increase, alongside teacher workload, and I worry there will be redundancies in school work forces.

“The focus at the moment is to build meetings of parents and then hold local and regional demonstrations, followed by a national one in the autumn.”

Some schools have seen a one per cent cut in their annual budget, however larger schools have experienced a reduction of more than 12 per cent, which could equate to the loss of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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