East Sussex schools close as teachers strike over pensions

MORE than 100 schools across East Sussex were closed today (Thursday June 30) as the National Union of Teachers held a nationwide strike over pensions.

East Sussex County Council confirmed 105 schools were shut out of a total of 192.

The NUT was joined on the strike by members of Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the University and College Union and the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Around 3,000 teachers and other public sector workers were at a demonstration at The Level in Brighton followed by a rally at Hove Town Hall.

Picket lines were also expected outside Sussex Downs College in Lewes.

Gatwick Airport said passengers were experiencing five to six minute waits at passport control, which it described as normal.

The airport said it was working to keep all disruption to a minimum for passengers.

Lewes Crown Court said it was open today although some of its members of staff were on strike.

For a full list of school closures and updates visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk.