Teachers to strike next week

Teachers to strike next week

Teachers to strike next week

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Teachers across Hertfordshire will be striking next week over pay, pensions and workload.

Unison, GMB and Unite are planning to call upon members working in local government and education to take strike action on the same day, which will be July 10.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "The Government is still failing to make progress on our trade dispute over teachers’ pay, pensions and workload. The talks are still only about the implementation of Government policies, not about the fundamental issues we believe to be detrimental to education and the profession.

"For teachers, performance related pay, working until 68 for a full pension and heavy workload for 60 hours a week, is unsustainable.

"This action is the responsibility of a Government and Education Secretary who are refusing point blank to accept the damage their reforms are doing to the teaching profession. The consequences of turning teaching into a totally unattractive career choice will most certainly lead to teacher shortages.

"Strike action is a last resort for teachers and we deeply regret the disruption it causes parents and pupils. This date has been chosen to cause minimum disruption to examinations.

"Teaching is one of the best jobs in the world but is being made one of the worst under Michael Gove and the Coalition. It is time they listened. Michael Gove can still avoid the strike by engaging in serious negotiations on substantive issues."

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12:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

The Mrs C says...

No date mentioned in this article? Just received advice that teachers at Rickmansworth school will be striking but only Year 10's are not permitted into school that day - all other years attend, as normal>
No date mentioned in this article? Just received advice that teachers at Rickmansworth school will be striking but only Year 10's are not permitted into school that day - all other years attend, as normal> The Mrs C
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12:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

The Mrs C says...

Ref my previous post - meant to say, teachers striking at Rickmansworh School on Thursday 10th July! Year 10's are not allowed into school that day, all other years unaffected....
Ref my previous post - meant to say, teachers striking at Rickmansworh School on Thursday 10th July! Year 10's are not allowed into school that day, all other years unaffected.... The Mrs C
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7:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Cuetip says...

Strikes are last resort for teachers who are fed up with education being used as a political football.

Any chance of our gravy train Euro MPs or MPs or Crime Commissioner ever going on strike over their expenses or pension arrangements? On the plus side, think of the huge savings.

Perhaps they need to be set annual stretch targets or some performance related pay which only a few can ever attain by cooking the books as with the jobless and crime figures.
Strikes are last resort for teachers who are fed up with education being used as a political football. Any chance of our gravy train Euro MPs or MPs or Crime Commissioner ever going on strike over their expenses or pension arrangements? On the plus side, think of the huge savings. Perhaps they need to be set annual stretch targets or some performance related pay which only a few can ever attain by cooking the books as with the jobless and crime figures. Cuetip
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8:00am Fri 4 Jul 14

garston tony says...

I admire teachers, I think they are in a worthy and demanding job and having to deal with unrully kids and just as bad their idiotic parents cant be easy but there are a lot of people who do much harder jobs for less pay and pensions whose taxes pay for teachers who will be p'd off at comments like those made above.

I get it that everyone wants to fight their corner but the reality is that there is not unlimited funds to pay for everything and if teachers get their way that'll mean cuts to someone else. Basically teachers are saying they want others to suffer be it other civil servants who would get a further reduction in their terms, or the tax payer either through reduced services or increased taxes.
I admire teachers, I think they are in a worthy and demanding job and having to deal with unrully kids and just as bad their idiotic parents cant be easy but there are a lot of people who do much harder jobs for less pay and pensions whose taxes pay for teachers who will be p'd off at comments like those made above. I get it that everyone wants to fight their corner but the reality is that there is not unlimited funds to pay for everything and if teachers get their way that'll mean cuts to someone else. Basically teachers are saying they want others to suffer be it other civil servants who would get a further reduction in their terms, or the tax payer either through reduced services or increased taxes. garston tony
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