South Northants braces itself for industrial action

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HEADTEACHERS in South Northants have been warning parents to expect disruption during tomorrow’s strike.

Jamie Clarke, headteacher of Sponne School in Towcester said neither unions nor union members have an obligation to inform the school who will be striking but the decision has been taken to close the school.

In a statement to parents Mr Clarke said: “I apologise for the inevitable disruption that this may cause but this action is not against Sponne School itself but is part of national industrial action organised by these professional associations and trade unions about changes to the pension scheme of their members.

“There is no requirement on unions to inform us of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of

unions to obey a strike call.

“We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile Ian Colling, headteacher Magdalen College School in Brackley is expecting that a significant number of teachers will strike, but will maintain lessons for sixth form students.

Mr Colling said: “We recognise that the partial closure will cause an inconvenience to families and hope that you will understand that the unions are working within their rights to take industrial action and that the school is doing its utmost to maintain a good education for all its students within the laws relating to strike action.”

South Northants Council are also uncertain what impact the strike actions will have, a spokesman said: “While there is no guarantee that disruption to services will occur, refuse and recycling collections may be affected but the council has plans in place to return service to normal as quickly as possible.”

Anyone whose bins are missed on Wednesday should put theirs out again the next day, and if there are large numbers missed they may be collected on both the Thursday and Friday. For further updates on SNC services visit - www.southnorthants.gov.uk.

Across the county its is thought 138 school will close as part of the strike and thousands of workers are expected to join a protest march through Northampton town centre from midday.