School closures are imminent today as teachers go on strike over pay changes.
Five schools in the area - Drighlington, Gildersome, St Francis Catholic, Seven Hills and Cottingley primaries - will be closed while a number of others will be partially closed.
They are Birchfield Primary in Gildersome, East Ardsley Primary, Bruntcliffe School, Churwell Primary, The Morley Academy, Westerton Primary and Woodkirk Academy.
Teachers across the area are taking industrial action over planned and implemented changes to their pay.
The two biggest teaching unions, National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of School Masters and the Union of Women teachers (NASUWT), are holding the regional strike tomorrow in protest of changes to public sector worker’s pensions as well as planned changes to the way teachers are paid.
NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “There can be no doubt left about the feeling of anger towards this Government’s treatment of the teaching profession.”
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless.
“The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism. Teachers are angered by the recklessness of the Secretary of State’s continuing failure to take seriously their concerns and engage in genuine discussions to address them.”
For more updates, keep checking morleyobserver.co.uk and Leeds City Council’s website.