I’ll be on strike!

After watching Look North last night on TV I was compelled to blog….

The headline: parent to sue school over closure. I don't really have to go into details, just to say this particular school is going to close on 1st October because of the joint NUT/NASUWT strike action; this particular parent is not happy. In fact he is so unhappy he has written a 'strongly worded letter' to the school.

I have sympathy with parents who have childcare issues but I don't think he quite understands the impact this government is having on the education system: the education system is becoming disjointed. The failure of the government to enter into talks aimed at reaching an agreement has lead to the industrial action. The majority of teachers are concerned that the changes the government are imposing on the profession is having an effect on the recruitment and retention of teachers and the delivery of quality education for pupils. I am one of these teachers.

The unions have tried writing a 'strongly worded letter' – this hasn't worked – that is why teachers are striking – the government now needs to enter into talks to resolve the issues.

As for our lorry driving friend who is going to sue his child's school……let's just imagine he is a Tesco supermarket lorry driver….would he like a letter from my lawyer when there are no baked beans on the shelves?



Project365 #334 – Strike action!

As a striking member of the NUT I had a choice today: mark or march.

I’m happy to report that I joined my fellow brothers and sisters, from a variety of unions, and took part in the march and rally in Peterborough. It is this solidarity that will eventually bring about a change in this government’s continued attack on the public sector workers. It was also nice to hear the word ‘comrades’….


Project365 #328 – Maybe it’s a sign…..

Flowers left over from a Y11 celebration evening a week or so ago….although with an ever increasing workload and impending strike action….a bouquet of slowly decaying flowers taking pride of place in the staffroom seems somewhat apt…..


Project365 #319 – Here we go again…..


Project365 #181 – Industrial Action

As a member of the NUT today was ‘strike day’ – the day was spent mostly relaxing, either reading or listening to music, hence the picture…..


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Project365 #171 – To strike or not to strike….

As a member of the NUT I will be striking on June 30th. Having spoken to teachers contemplating whether or not to strike it would seem there are various reasons both for and against striking, some professional, some personal, some ideological. But for me the decision is simple: I’m a member of the union, the union are asking me to strike, therefore I strike.

As Billy Bragg once sang…..”There is power in a union”…..


Project365 #73 – March for Education

It’s time for action!

Why we need to march:

  • Education Funding = Cuts
  • Teachers’ Pay Rise = 0%
  • Education Job Cuts = 1000s
  • Rise in Pension Contributions = 50%
  • Price Rises = Food 6%, Petrol 13%

For more information visit the NUT website.