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Third of Hillingdon schools forced to send pupils home in teachers' strike
4:31pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
AT least a third of schools in Hillingdon sent pupils home during the teachers' strike on Thursday, forcing parents to miss work to look after their children.
A total of 21 out of 61 schools in the borough were forced into the measure, though 27 schools did not respond to Hillingdon Council’s request for information.
Joint strike action from the NUT and NAS/UWT members in the North East and Cumbria, South West, South East and London regions took place over what they consider to be adverse changes to teachers’ pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NAS/UWT, said: “Teachers are committed and dedicated public service workers. They do not take strike action lightly.”
Both unions claim action was necessary as the Government was refusing to negotiate with them.
The Department for Education said 27% of schools across London had been forced to close.
A spokesman said: "All strikes will do is disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."