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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 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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Firefighters in Cornwall join strike action

Firefighters in Cornwall join strike action Credit: ITV News

Firefighters across the region have been on strike over the weekend in a dispute over pensions and changes to their retirement age. The four day industrial action comes in the run up to Bonfire night - the service's busiest time of the year. 999 calls are still being responded to, but there have been limited crews available.

We're absolutely gutted, frustrated. English firefighters are being treated differently to other firefighters. We would not be taking strike action if we had offers that are on the table in Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland.

– Trevor French, FBU

Thousands of teachers expected to strike today

Thousands of teachers expected to strike today Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A day of disruption is expected across the South West as thousands of teachers and other public sector workers are going on strike over pay and pensions

Members of teaching union NUT and also UNITE say they have not had a pay rise in three years. This year the government offered them a 1% rise but the offer was refused.

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