Wages from striking teachers funds PE kit

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STRIKING teachers at a Boston secondary school have agreed to contribute their wages for that day to providing new strips for the sports teams.

Around 67 staff at Haven High Technology College took industrial action last Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest about changes to public sector pensions - racking up around £8,000 in unpaid wages, which the school decided to use for something positive.

Head teacher Adrian Reed said: “Members of staff who took action were not taking action against the school and didn’t want the students to be affected, so we made the decision that the salary savings from that day would be used to purchase things which are extra to the curriculum.”

The school, which was one of 40 per cent of Lincolnshire schools to be heavily affected, was only open to students in year 11.

In contrast, The Giles Academy, in Old Leake, was one of the schools running as normal. Head teacher Chris Walls told The Standard: “There were only six or seven teachers not in work, so we were able to have a very normal day.”

Many other public services in the area were largely unaffected by the national strike.

Just nine per cent of staff were striking at Boston Borough Council. Council leader Peter Bedford said: “I want to say thank you to all the staff for coming in this morning and resisting the temptation to strike. It shows that staff at Boston Borough Council are dedicated to their cause.”

About 90 per cent of Lincolnshire County Council staff worked as normal, and a spokesman said there were no major issues with any key services.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said around 30 people took strike action across the county and it had ‘a very minimal effect’.

Medical services were also largely unaffected. Staff at Lincolnshire NHS said it was business as usual.

At Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital a number of workers formed a picket line, but a spokesman for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said the facility operated a ‘fairly normal’ service..