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USA: Chicago teachers go on strike after contract talks break down

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Thousands of Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Thursday morning, after negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city government broke down.

While many teachers started the day picketing outside their schools, the largest gathering is expected to be near the Chicago Public Schools organisation (CPS) Headquarters. The Chicago Teachers Union says about 25,000 teachers have joined the strike.

The teachers are calling for higher pay and benefits, as well as hard limits on class sizes and an increase in the number of support staff.

The recently elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot has stated that the city had offered a 16 percent wage increase to teachers as well as pay increases for support staff but said that the concession weren’t enough to please the union.

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