Search

Havering school closures: Teachers on strike today over pensions

09:55 28 March 2012

Sue Kortlandt, joint secretary of the Havering Association of National Union of Teachers

Sue Kortlandt, joint secretary of the Havering Association of National Union of Teachers

Archant

Teachers at schools across Havering will be striking today (March 28) over pensions.

Members of the Havering branch of National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the University and College Union (UCU) are planning to go to the national march in central London to the Department for Education later today.

Pickets were expected outside a number of schools which will be closed, or partly closed.

Havering Council published a list of school closures on its website. The closures include Squirrels’ Heath Junior School, Whybridge Juniors and Pinewood Primary.

Schools that are partially open include: Engayne Primary, Gidea Park Primary School, Newtons Primary, Rainham Village Primary, St Edwards CE Primary, and St Mary’s RC Primary.

Sue Kortlandt, from the National Union of Teachers, in Havering, said: “We are on strike because despite people’s anger and the action we took last year the government hasn’t really moved sufficiently in the direction we want.

“They still expect teachers to pay 50 per cent more into their pensions and work longer – the younger teachers will be expected to work until they are at least 68. They will also get less because of inflation; so people would receive 15 per cent less than they would have done.

“They (the government) have still not made available to us the review of the pension which was due two years ago, and we believe the pension scheme to be in a healthy rate.

“NUT members are solid with 97 per cent in agreement that we shouldn’t sign up to what the government wants.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

17:00
Starch House Lane playing fields, the home of Shield Academy FC. Picture: Google Maps.

A teenager has been arrested after an under 16s football match turned ugly and resulted in two teenagers and a man being squirted in the face with a “noxious substance”.

15:09
The council say there has been no disruption to home deliveries of orange sacks. Picture: Havering Council.

After apologising for the lack of recycling bags available last week - the council now says supplies have been replenished.

13:32
Romford station

Emergency services were called to Romford station after an off-duty officer was attacked.

The cast of The Crucible. Picture: Alessia Chinazzo.

As a major fan of musicals and spontaneous dance numbers, going to see a 1950s American play renowned for its intensity and angst was somewhat of an experience.

Poet, Jacob Sam La Rose with Mead Primary School pupils.

Pupils were treated to an afternoon of rhyming words when an acclaimed poet visited their school to lead an innovative workshop.

Mary Larkin.

A “loving” nurse who worked for 52 years has been commended for her dedication by an NHS Trust after she died last week.

07:00
Keith Prince and Peter McNaught, Operational Director of the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines.

The Mayor of London has been lambasted for his pre-election pledge of “zero strikes” as commuters face more delays this morning due to another Tube strike.

Yesterday, 18:41
Fay Hough is championing a petition to get more changing facilities in toilets for adults and children like her son Bowie who has autism

A mother is raising awareness of the public toilet needs of disabled children

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now