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Teachers in Herefordshire join national strike action over pay dispute
MANY teachers in the county will be striking tomorrow over a pay dispute – resulting in some schools being closed.
Brampton Abbotts Primary School, Broadlands Primary School, Fairfield High School and Trinity Primary School will all be shutting their doors.
Librarians will also be striking, meaning that there will be no services in Hereford or Belmont.
Herefordshire Council's parent partnership service at Franklin House will also be closed.
Picketing will take place at a number of places in Hereford, including Plough Lane, the Town Hall and the library, throughout the morning.
A rally will then be held at the Shirehall at midday.
David Stevens, branch secretary for UNISON in Herefordshire, said that the strike action is to highlight the 1% pay increase that workers have been offered.
"For these workers, the offer represents a real terms cut in basic pay of almost 20% since the coalition came to power," said Mr Stevens.
"This year's pay offer would see 90% of school and local government workers receive a further pay cut.
"More than 400,000 local government and school workers are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour and one million earn less than the coalition's low-pay threshold of £21,000."
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said the national strike action will be the biggest since the pensions dispute three years ago.
“Ministers praise public servants for their hard work and dedication but at the same time they are slashing their living standards," said Andrew Lloyd, midlands secretary for the PCS.