‘Lobby MP’ is call after strike action

Calderdale NUT demonstration.
Calderdale NUT demonstration.

Teaching unions are calling on parents to lobby Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker to put pressure on the Education Secretary Michael Gove to listen to their concerns following Tuesday’s strike action.

An estimated 90 per cent of teachers in Calderdale were not at work during the day of industrial action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT.

It resulted in disruption as many schools had to close.

Sue McMahon, of Calderdale NUT, said parents have contacted her to express their support for the strike action.

“We didn’t strike because we wanted to. We took strike action because we had to,” she said.

“We are sorry that parents have been inconvenienced, but parents want the best for their children.

“The disruption of a one-day strike is nothing compared to the destruction that Michael Gove is inflicting on our schools.

“Teachers in the NASUWT and NUT took strike action.

“This caused a lot of disruption.

“Parents need to lobby their MP and demand that Gove listens to our concerns.

“Parents and teachers in Calderdale are working together and will continue to work together to achieve our aims.”

Teachers held demonstrations in Hebden Bridge and Halifax on Saturday.

Among the schools to close on Tuesday were Todmorden High and Calder High, plus several upper Calder Valley primary schools.

The two unions are in dispute with the government over changes to pay and pensions, and excessive workloads.