PENSIONS STRIKE: Pupils and parents affected in Midhurst

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PARENTS and pupils around the Midhurst area have suffered some disruption today (Wednesday, November 30) as public sector workers took part in a strike over changes to pensions.

Midhurst Rother College has remained partially open but is not open to students in years 7, 8 and 9 while the Easebourne site is completely closed.

Headteacher Dr Joe Vitagliano said: “I regret having to take this decision but the anticipated numbers of staff involved in industrial action make opening both College sites extremely difficult.

“Our purpose, as always at Midhurst Rother College, is to provide a full education to our students. In situations of poor weather, travel difficulties or industrial action we work hard to minimise the disruption that might occur. Sadly, this is one of those occasions when we cannot provide the full service we normally do.”

In Chichester, members of the union Unison braved the wet conditions from as early as 7am.

There were picket lines at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester College and the University of Chichester. Teachers were also on strike at the majority of the area’s schools.