Search

Public sector strike: Havering schools to close as teachers, firefighters and council staff walk out

14:20 09 July 2014

Striking teachers on a march in London earlier this year

Striking teachers on a march in London earlier this year

Archant

More than 25 Havering schools will be closed or partially closed tomorrow by a public sector strike which also threatens to disrupt council services and the fire brigade.

Havering schools affected by the strike

CLOSED

Branfil Primary School

Dycourts School

Engayne Primary School

Gidea Park Primary School

Harold Court Primary School

Hylands Primary School

Langtons Infant School

Parklands Junior School

Parsonage Farm School

Rainham Village Primary School

Ravensbourne School

RJ Mitchell Primary School

St Ursula’s Catholic Junior School

PARTIALLY CLOSED

Brittons Academy

Crowlands Primary School

Marshalls Park School

Mead Primary School

Pyrgo Primary

Rise Park Junior School

St Edward’s CE Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Squirrels Heath Infant School

Suttons Primary School

The Albany School

Upminster Infant School

Wykeham Primary School

Teachers, firefighters and council staff will walk out on Thursday over a series of grievances.

The government’s public sector pay freeze - which limits wage increases to one per cent a year - is one of the reasons unions representing local authority workers including carers and street cleaners have called the action.

Havering Council has pledged to do it best to maintain all council services throughout the strike action.

Its call centre as well as its public advice and service centre (PASC) may have fewer staff than normal which could lead to longer waiting times. The myplace centre in Harold Hill will also be closed throughout the strike action.

Marshajane Thompson, Unison branch secretary for Havering Council, said: “Council workers have kept on going in the face of four years of draconian government cuts to keep local services in Havering running.

“We care for your elderly and your vulnerable, we keep our streets clean and educate and look after our children.

“We deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this government.”

Thirteen schools will close and another 13 will remain only partially open, according to the latest information from Havering Council.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are striking over workload, conditions, and the introduction of performance related pay.

NUT divisional secretary for Havering Ray Waxler, a teacher of 35 years, suggested the impact of the walk-out would be less than it could have been.

“A lot of people are finding losing a day’s pay a bit of a hardship,” he said.

“You wouldn’t think in a profession like teaching that there would be a problem, but this indicates the scale of the problem.”

He added: “For me, I wish to God that this is the last one. I think people are sick to death with strikes. We feel bad about going on strike but no one’s listening to us.

“We’ve got a situation where the government says they’re in talks with us, but all they’re about is implementation of the changes we’re against.”

The Fire Brigades Union announced last week its members would be joining other striking public sector workers. Its specific grievances relate to government changes to pensions, which include expecting firefighters to work until they are 60.

Paul Embery, London regional secretary of the FBU, said: “We think having firefighters of 60 is completely insane.

“It is physically demanding – it is not a desk job.

“So far the public support has been really good. I think they understand that it is not wise to have 60-year-old firefighters on the front line.

“We do not want to strike – no one wants to – but on this occasion it is justified.”

A government spokesperson said: “The government recognises and greatly values the contribution of public sector workers.

“The difficult decisions we have taken on public sector pay restraint since 2010 have saved around £12 billion, helping maintain front line services and thousands of public sector jobs, while still protecting the low paid.”

• Further details of schools closures are set to come in during the course of the afternoon. Check back for updates.

Read more:

Havering firefighters to strike for eight consecutive days

Strike debate: Havering teacher vs Department for Education

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Havering Mind presentation to Mullis and Peake

Experiencing pressure at work isn’t unusual, but too much can cause stress and anxiety.

14:22
Scope in Barkingside. Picture: Google Maps

A shop manager for a disabled children’s charity is facing jail after stealing £7,500 from the till to help her unemployed boyfriend pay rent.

14:41
Tube strikes called off

Seven more Tube strikes have been announced today over “basic safety issues”.

08:54
Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe signs mental health pledge

London’s police chief has pledged his commitment to challenging mental health stigma and promoting the wellbeing of his staff.

08:27
Democracy Week debate at the Ilford Council chamber chaired by Archant Executive Editor Chris Carter

As gateways go, Gallows Corner is not the best introduction for visitors to Havering.

07:00
Gallows Corner junction, flyover and roundabout in Romford

Plans to improve safety at accident blackspot, Gallows Corner, have been branded a “waste of time” by Romford’s MP.

Yesterday, 16:42
Sam Boateng pictured after the attack in Rainham on Wednesday night

A 23-year-old man could lose the sight in his left eye after he was attacked with acid by a stranger in Rainham last night.

Yesterday, 07:00
Residents protested against plans to build 32 affordable homes on a public green in Rainham

A green space described as an “absolute gem” by those in the community who have enjoyed it for decades has been earmarked for a housing development.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe