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Train strikes latest: ‘Public is behind us’ claims RMT as millions forced to work from home

A strike by teachers over pay would be akin to another “lockdown” for children, a senior Conservative MP has said.

Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee, warned that industrial action by teachers could have a detrimental impact on children.

“Our children have been damaged massively over the past few years because of Covid, because most children were not in school,” he told the BBC’s World At One programme.

“We know the damage that’s done to their educational attainment, their mental health, their life chances, their safeguarding, and to put children into de facto lockdown by having a strike wouldn’t just cause misery to the children but also would cause huge problems for parents because of course, many of them have to be in work whilst their children are at school.

“So this is not the way to solve these problems,” he said.

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