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Teacher strike shuts schools
10:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in Bridport
SCHOOLS were closed as teachers went on strike to protest over pay, pensions and changes to the education system.
Virtually all secondary and middle schools in south and west Dorset were shut last Thursday.
Some primary and first schools were also hit by the industrial action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).
About 2,000 members of the teachers’ unions in Dorset joined in the national one day walk-out.
Dorset NASUWT secretary Mick Richardson said: “Teachers are making their voices heard.
“The government are just not listening to our concerns. That’s why we were on strike.
“Unions say they hope that the education secretary Michael Gove will now engage in meaningful discussions, but they have not ruled out the possibility of a further one day stoppage later in the year.”
The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis was closed, although it still remained open to sixth formers.