"The government said the strike would disrupt learning, inconvenience parents and damage the reputation of teachers. At least 2,500 schools were closed or partially closed. The strikers are angry about changes to their pensions, increased workloads and government plans to bring in performance-related pay.
"NUT general secretary Christine Blower said teachers could not 'stand by and watch our profession be systematically attacked and undermined.' The NASUWT's John Allison explains why he is striking. She declared the action a 'huge success' and added: 'There can be no doubt left about the feeling of anger towards this government's treatment of the teaching profession. Strike action is never a step that teachers take lightly and we are very aware and concerned about the inconvenience it causes parents. Unfortunately, we are faced with a coalition government that is refusing to listen to the reasonable demands of the profession.' Teachers gathered for a series of marches and rallies in support of the strike…"
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