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Hertfordshire schools may close due to National Union of Teachers and NASUWT strikes
Schools across Hertfordshire may 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 on Tuesday, October 1 across Hertfordshire and the east of England, unless an agreement is reached with the Government.
Hertfordshire County Council said the decision to go on strike was up to individual schools. Headteachers and governors will decide whether their schools stay open or not.
Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: "While we recognise that 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 hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned."
The council said it has urged as many schools as possible to remain open as long as it is safe to do so, although it has no authority to compel them to stay open, whether they are community schools, Free Schools or Academies.
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