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Hinkley C workers to be balloted on strike action

Hinkley C is expected to become operational in 2025. Credit: EDF

Construction workers at the Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset are to be balloted for strike action.

Unions have rejected a pay offer from the French energy company EDF, which is building the reactor near Bridgwater.

They say the new reactor is a high profile and complex project that can not be built on the cheap.

EDF says conditions of employment at the site are superior to the rest of the UK's construction industry.

Thomas Cook pilots plan three more strikes

Pilots are set to stage three walkouts in September and October. Credit: PA

Thomas Cook pilots will go ahead and stage three more strikes this Autumn if disputes over pay is not resolved, says the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa).

This follows their 12-hour walkout which started at 3am today, 8 September - the first strike by UK pilots since 1974.

The walkouts would take place on 23 and 29 September and 3 October unless there is a positive outcome from talks with conciliation and grievances service, Acas.

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Schools minister condemns strike action

Thousands of parents are keeping their children from going to school today as part of an unofficial strike in protest over controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The action is condemned by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan who warned that missing school even for a single day, would be "harmful" and called for those behind the "damaging" campaign to reconsider.

Schools minister Nick Gibb echoed the sentiment, and came out in support of the exams.

Parents keep children off school in protest of controversial exams

Parents are keeping their children off school for the day in protest at controversial tests for 6 and 7-year-olds. Strikes like this in Gloucester are taking place across the country.

Parents and children on strike from school in Gloucester over SATS . Credit: ITV West Country
Some parents say testing 7 to 11 year olds is stifling creativity. Credit: ITV West Country

The action comes after more than 40,000 people signed a petition supporting a boycott of Year 2 Sats by teachers.

The 'Let Our Kids Be Kids' campaign has organised the day of action in protest at children being "over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance on test results and league tables than children's happiness and joy of learning".

Speaking on Saturday, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan warned that missing school even for a single day would be "harmful" and called for those behind the "damaging" campaign to reconsider.

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Parents pull children out of school in strike action

Parents across the West Country are preparing to keep their children home from school this morning as part of unofficial strike action.

Credit: ITV West Country

It's in protest over Government plans to change the education system including turning all schools into academies and taking them out of local authority control.

The parents involved are also arguing against too much testing in schools.

'Let out Kids be Kids' Facebook page.

The action, promoted on social media, will see potentially thousands of children miss school with the threat of further strikes if the Government refuse to U-turn.

A map of all the school strikes. Credit: ITV West Country
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