Schools shut in Tower Hamlets for nationwide teachers’ strike

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:57 17 October 2013

Teachers are on strike today

Teachers are on strike today


Schools are shut across Tower Hamlets today as part of a national teachers strike over pay and working conditions.

Tower Hamlets Council said it expects more than 50 out of 90 council-run schools to take part in today’s strike.

A council spokesperson said: “At this stage we can confirm that 47 of our schools will be open or partially open during the strike action today, and we will continue to monitor the situation.

“We are working with schools to minimise the disruption and have advised parents to contact their schools directly for the latest information.”

Teachers will march from Malet Street near Euston to Downing Street in Westminster.

The unions are in dispute with education secretary Michael Gove over planned changes to teachers’ pay and contracts, working conditions and pensions.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters & Union of Women Teachers accuse the secretary of state of refusing to listen to their concerns.

Parents are advised to contact their children’s school to see how the strike will affect them.

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