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UK teachers strike

Published:Thursday | April 24, 2008 | 3:27 PM

At least a third of the schools in England and Wales have been disrupted by the first national teachers\' strike in 21 years.



The walkout by thousands of teachers has led to the closure of up to 8,000 schools forcing working parents to stay at home or find childcare services.



The National Union of Teachers is reportedly staging more than 50 rallies, as members demand a 4.1 percent pay increase rather than the 2.45 percent that is being offered by the government.



Acting General Secretary of the teacher’s union, Christine Blower said there would be future strikes if the teachers’ demands were not met.



It is estimated that more than 2.5 million students are affected by the strike action.