Headteachers vote to strike

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THE majority of schools across the region are likely to close for the day after heads voted to go on their first-ever national strike to oppose pension changes.

The National Association of Headteachers, which represents the majority of primary school heads in Portsmouth and Hampshire and many secondary heads, will take action on November 30.

They will join the National Union of Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the University and College Union in protesting government proposals to make them pay more into their pensions for less.

David Mewes, NAHT’s regional rep, said: ‘This sends out a message to the government to think again.’

Amanda Martin, Portsmouth’s NUT rep, added: ‘This is a significant vote. The majority of schools will close on the day as a result.’

Two thirds of schools across the region suffered disruption at the June 30 strikes involving three teaching unions. The result of the NASUWT’s ballot to strike is due next week.