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Schools could close in Hertfordshire as NUT and NASUWT set to strike
Schools across Hertfordshire may be forced to close if teachers go on strike next week.
The two largest teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT, have confirmed they plan to walk out over national disputes around pay, pensions and working conditions.
The action will take place next Tuesday across Hertfordshire and the east of England, unless an agreement is reached with the Government.
According to the unions, teachers are "angry, frustrated and concerned" about reforms that could see performance-related pay and schools setting salaries.
Hertfordshire County Council said the decision to strike was up to individual schools, and it could not yet confirm which would be closed.
Cllr Chris Hayward, who is responsible for education, said: "While we recognise there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents.
"We have urged as many schools as possible to remain open as long as it is safe to do so, but we do not have any authority to compel them to stay open, whether they are community schools, free schools or academies.
“If school leaders do decide to close their doors, we have advised them to inform parents and carers as soon as possible in advance, so that they can make alternative arrangements for their children."
He added the council hoped there was a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned.
The council's director of education Justin Donovan suggested parents to visit www.hertsdirect.org for details of strikes, but advised parents to contact their children's schools directly.
He said: "Schools are not obliged to tell us about closures, so we cannot give an entirely accurate picture of which schools are closing."
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