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Teachers across Wandsworth prepare for strike action in October
Teachers are preparing to take strike action over changes to pensions and working conditions.
The national walkout is scheduled to take place on October 17, with schools across Wandsworth expected to be disrupted.
A joint letter from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) was sent to the director of children’s services announcing the strike.
The letter, written by Walter Leonard, secretary of NASUWT, claims there has been a refusal from authorities to make negotiations over changes to conditions of service.
It said: "All of the teachers I have spoken to have expressed their confusion as to why further negotiations between the Secretary of State and the teaching unions have not taken place to avert this action.
"The teachers do not wish to strike. They wish to teach.
"Those who strike will lose pay and pension contributions for that day. Parents will be inconvenienced."
It also states if the government agrees to engage in negotiations strike action could be avoided.
The reforms will mean teachers' pay will be linked to performance in the classroom, with schools being given the power to set salaries.
Changes have also been made to public sector pensions.
Keep up to date with how strikes may affect your local schools at www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk
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