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Teachers across Gloucestershire take strike action
SCHOOLS across have been closed or partially closed today as teachers strike over pay, pensions and jobs.
The action is part of a continuing campaign of regional strikes involving members of the NUT and NASUWT unions.
A joint march and rally took place in Bristol for all members of both unions in the surrounding areas.
Teachers are objecting to proposals by Education Secretary Michael Gove to bring in performance-related pay, increase their workloads and make changes to their pensions.
More than 100 schools in Gloucestershire were affected by the industrial action including eight in the Cotswolds.
John Pemberthy, national executive NUT member for Gloucestershire, said: "No teacher takes strike action lightly, this is a last resort for teachers but the absolute refusal of the Government to enter into meaningful talks to resolve the dispute or to allow an independent valuation of our pension scheme has left teachers with no choice.
"Gloucestershire trains a larger proportion of the nation's teachers than it employs and we worry about their increasing disillusionment with their situation.
"Michael Gove says that this is the best generation of teachers ever and yet he is downgrading their pay, increasing their pension contributions without any evidence this is needed, worsening conditions of service and increasing the already excessively long hours teachers work during both term time and the holidays their pupils get".
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