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Bradford schools set to close as teachers set strike date
8:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
As many as nine in ten Bradford schools could close on October 1 if a strike by two of the biggest teaching unions goes ahead.
The new strikes are the latest move in the campaign by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT over Government education reforms.
Members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the Eastern region will take part in the walkout over pay, pensions and workloads, the unions announced yesterday.
Ian Murch, the branch secretary of the NUT locally, said: “This will affect up to 90 per cent of schools in Bradford and will close most of them because it is the two biggest teaching unions taking part.
“The Government wants to raise the retirement age to 68 and we have now had four years of a pay freeze.
“NUT has 3,100 members in Bradford and the NASUWT has a large number. The overwhelming majority of teachers are in these two unions.”