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THOUSANDS of youngsters are enjoying a bonus day away from the classroom today as teachers strike in protest over Government plans to slash their pensions.

The gates remained closed at Spalding’s two Gleed schools and Kirton Middlecott secondary school, while Sutton St James Primary, Moulton John Harrox Primary and Gosberton Primary are not open.

Some year groups at schools including Spalding High School, Donington Thomas Cowley, Long Sutton Peele Community College, Bourne Robert Manning, Long Sutton Primary School and Spalding’s St Paul’s Primary, have also been told to stay away because of the industrial action.

Teachers from the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have walked out and joined protests in Lincoln and elsewhere to send a message to the Government that they will be not tolerate plans to make them “pay more, work longer and get less” in a pensions shake-up.

They have been joined by workers from the Public and Community Services union, also protesting against pension changes.

Although Spalding JobCentre is open and the town’s court is sitting, both are reporting minor disruptions to their services as a result of action by union members.