County-wide teacher strike next week

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The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has today confirmed that a regional strike will take place across the country next Wednesday in protest over over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: "While we recognise that there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents. We hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned."

The decision to stay open or to close is for individual head teachers and governors to make.

Details of schools that the council are aware are closing will appear on their online school closure reporting system but - as schools are not obliged to inform of closures in advance - this will not be an entirely accurate picture.

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2:52pm Wed 19 Mar 14

D_Penn says...

A strike over pay, pensions and working conditions? That's a very broad range of grievances to go on strike over!

Does anyone here know what the specifics are so a judgment can be made on whether the NUT have a valid point or if it is just a cash chase?
A strike over pay, pensions and working conditions? That's a very broad range of grievances to go on strike over! Does anyone here know what the specifics are so a judgment can be made on whether the NUT have a valid point or if it is just a cash chase? D_Penn
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3:32pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Reader (R) says...

"While we recognise that there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents. We hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned."

It would appear that it is not a "cash chase". Incidentally the reasons have been well publicised in the media recently. I'm not a teacher but I'm sure I'd strike if someone was trying to get me to pay more for less!
"While we recognise that there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents. We hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned." It would appear that it is not a "cash chase". Incidentally the reasons have been well publicised in the media recently. I'm not a teacher but I'm sure I'd strike if someone was trying to get me to pay more for less! Reader (R)
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11:07pm Wed 19 Mar 14

LSC says...

Interesting one. Most of the teachers I know are so dedicated to the task that they work above and beyond the call of duty.
But their actual terms and conditions, pay and holidays aren't so bad compared to some. Certainly the firms I worked for never closed for a bit of snow; I'd be docked pay for not turning up.

Instead of a strike, which has horrible consequences on some parents, why don't the teachers try a 'work to rule'?

That would be conclusive proof that they are worth more than they are currently paid for; assuming the system breaks down if they did.

If a teacher is paid 40 hours a week, do 40 hours not 60. See what happens. Ok, maybe some homework won't get marked, but at least you won't have parents having to take days off from jobs they are in fear of losing anyway in this climate.
Interesting one. Most of the teachers I know are so dedicated to the task that they work above and beyond the call of duty. But their actual terms and conditions, pay and holidays aren't so bad compared to some. Certainly the firms I worked for never closed for a bit of snow; I'd be docked pay for not turning up. Instead of a strike, which has horrible consequences on some parents, why don't the teachers try a 'work to rule'? That would be conclusive proof that they are worth more than they are currently paid for; assuming the system breaks down if they did. If a teacher is paid 40 hours a week, do 40 hours not 60. See what happens. Ok, maybe some homework won't get marked, but at least you won't have parents having to take days off from jobs they are in fear of losing anyway in this climate. LSC
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