Strikers take to picket lines as West Sussex schools close

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PUBLIC sector workers across West Sussex are striking over pay and pensions, with picket lines forming outside council buildings.

Dan Sartin, branch secretary of UNISON West Sussex joined the picket lines outside County Hall in Chichester.

“We are expecting a good turnout because people are extremely angry,” he said.

“They have lost 20 per cent of the value of their wages since 2010.

“People increasingly can’t afford to live on this wage.

“Some teaching assistants find they have to have second jobs in order to do the jobs they love in schools.”

The strike has affected closed and partly closed these schools across the Observer area.

Aldingbourne Primary School, closed;

Birdham C of E Primary School, partially closed (only green class closed);

Bishop Luffa School, partially closed (classes to take place as normal for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9);

Bosham Primary School, closed;

Central C of E Junior School, partially closed (closed for Years 3 and 4, all others remain open);

Chichester Nursery School, partially closed (closed to pupils attending for core sessions only, open for up to threes and children attending extra day care sessions);

Felpham Community College, partially closed (open for Year 7, Year 10 and sixth form);

Fordwater School, partially closed, (classes closed: Ladybirds, Starfish, Otters, Owls, Pandas, Swans, Panthers, Falcons, Eagles and Merlins);

Midhurst Rother College, open but closing at 2.50pm;

The Ormiston Six Villages Academy, partially closed (closed to those in Years 7 and 8, but students in Years 9 and 10 are expected to attend as normal as their lessons will not be disrupted);

Parklands Community Primary School, closed;

Slindon C of E Primary School, partially closed, (closed to youngsters in the Catkin Class (Reception, Years 1 and 2);

South Bersted CofE Primary School, partially closed (open for Reception and Year 5/6 pupils);

St Anthony’s School, partially closed (primary department open as normal, secondary department closed except for 9S and 7B);

St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, partially closed (closed for Reception Class, Year 3 and Year 6. Open for Year 1, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 5);

The Weald School, partially closed, (open to Years 7, 10 and 12 and closed to Years 8 and 9).

UNISON members are expected to remain outside County Hall in Chichester until about 10.30am before joining the march in Brighton.




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