Teachers voice their frustrations

DOZENS of teachers took to the streets today as part of strike action over a pay dispute.

DOZENS of teachers took to the streets today as part of strike action over a pay dispute.

Across the county 54 schools are closed completely and a further 63 are not open to certain year groups.

Teachers met outside Ipswich Town Hall with placards and banners prior to walking to Ipswich Borough Social Club for a rally.

Margaret Bulaitis, a teacher taking part in the strike, said: “We have suffered below inflation pay increases for the past four years.

“The cost of living is rising and it is making it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

“The profession is facing crisis.”

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The strike, organised by the National Union of Teachers, is the first in 21 years and is being held as a protest against the government's offer of 2.45per cent pay offer.

The NUT wants the deal increased to at least above inflation, officially measured at 2.5pc.

Around a third of UK schools have been hit by the strike, with about 2,000 closing and a similar number partially closing.

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