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Luton teachers on strike for sixth day

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Teachers at an academy school are on strike for a sixth day as part of a pay dispute. The action is being taken by NASUWT members at Challney High School for Girls in Luton, Bedfordshire. Staff at the school want a 2% pay rise and the union says it has not ruled out further action. Chiltern Learning Trust, which runs the school, said the teachers would get a 1% rise in line with national pay deals. Keith Anderson, regional organiser of the NASUWT in the East, said: “We do not want to strike, but we want the matter resolved.”Louise Harradine, a teacher at the school, said: “We have a democratic right to strike.”Adrian Rogers of the trust said it would not give teachers a blanket 2% rise but would give them performance-related pay.

Mr Anderson from the NASUWT said the union was fully compensating teachers during the strike.He said: “Where members in an individual school are taking strike action we do reimburse them for their lost earnings.”He said the union did reimburse pay for national or regional strike action.No further strike action was planned, he said, but that if the issue was not resolved “we will not rule it out in the future”.
Source: BBC Beds