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Almost all Haringey schools close during strike by National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT
Almost every school in the borough closed on Thursday as hundreds of teachers went on strike in a protest over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Haringey’s teachers joined their colleagues from London in a mass walkout organised by England’s two biggest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT.
Julia Davies, the secretary of the Haringey branch of the NUT, said the turnout was huge.
She said: “It was great to see many teachers come out and support us – there were even some retired teachers out on the march.
“As far as I’m aware there were no schools which were not at least partially on closed on Thursday and the teachers that were working were not union members.
“This just shows how upset people are over the changes to the way teachers are paid and the changes to pensions.”
According to the NUT, more than 83 per cent of teachers in the borough are members of the union.
The strike was organised in response to Government reforms which will link teachers’ pay to performance in classrooms and changes will be made to pensions.
A Department of Education spokesman said the strike was disappointing as the new measures will allow heads to pay good teachers more.
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