Schools deserted as strikes go ahead

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SCHOOLS across the Horsham district are deserted today (Thursday) as teachers take strike action over pension changes.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the move was ‘unavoidable’ and warned that unless the Government started listening it would consider further action.

Some of the largest schools in the district including Tanbridge House, Millais and Forest, in Horsham, and Steyning Grammar are completely closed.

Many parents will be faced with taking a day off work or forking out for childcare.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said that more than 3,500 schools in England and Wales would be closed and some 2,600 partially closed when the NUT and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) take action.

The unions say pension changes will mean they will have to work longer, pay more and get less when they retire.

Meanwhile, union members are gathering in both Worthing and Brighton today to make their voices heard.

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