TEACHER strikes caused inconvenience to many Uttoxeter parents, as a number of schools closed down for one-day industrial action in protest of changes to pay and pensions.
Working parents have now spoken out about the difficulties of finding alternative arrangements for their children on a school day.
Thomas Alleyne's High School, Windsor Park Middle School, Oldfields Hall Middle School and Ryecroft Middle School all closed down on Tuesday, as they lacked sufficient teachers to be able to open as usual.
Strikes which took place across the Midlands on October 1, were co-ordinated by the two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, as part of their protest at new policies affecting pay, pensions and working hours.
A future day of teacher strikes looks imminent, as a national day of action before Christmas is in the pipe-line.
Jonathan Oldman, of Holly Road said: “It’s been a right pain trying to organise child care as my wife and I both work early shifts and the children are too young to be left by themselves.
“I’m against teachers taking strike action because they need to realise it’s a huge inconvenience to parents, not the government.”
Hannah Adams, of Byrd's Lane said: "I found it difficult to make alternative arrangements with both kids off school.
"In the end, I relied on my mother-in-law to babysit for the day, but not everyone has someone they can ask, so some people must have had to miss work and lose out on pay to look after the kids.
"I can sympathise with the teachers being unhappy about their contracts but strikes cost parents money."
Cherry Allen, via Facebook said: “Are the schools going to pay us £60 for the unauthorised absences?”
Liz Howe, via Facebook said: “It was a nightmare.”
Kate Litchfield-Lloyd, via Facebook said: “I have a great friend who helped me out.
"I had one child off school and one in, and I had to go into work.
"It was a logistical issue so early in the morning but we managed.
"No more strikes please.”
One of the key issues raised by the unions relates to Government reforms coming into effect this autumn.
The annual salary increments which many teachers used to get automatically are being replaced by a new system of performance-related pay.
Unions say it effectively rips up the national pay framework, leaving individual schools to decide how much their staff should get paid.
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.
“With pay, pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice."
But Education Secretary Michael Gove has stressed the changes are about rewarding good teachers with better pay, and insists there is ‘no excuse’ for strike action.