South Essex schools face strike action

Southend Standard: South Essex schools face strike action South Essex schools face strike action

PUPILS across Essex were facing disruption to lessons today as teachers joined rallies, marches and picket lines to protest against changes to their pay, pensions and working conditions.

The one-day walkout, called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) - one of the biggest teaching unions - is the latest move in its continuing campaign of industrial action.

Union leaders said the early indications were that the strike was well-supported.

The action has been condemned by the Department for Education which says that it will disrupt parents' lives and damage children's education.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: "Certainly the message we are getting is that the action is well-supported. On the back of the 60-hour week workload diary survey teachers are just feeling overwhelmed."

She said rallies and marches are taking place all over the country and that "people will be out and about".

Ms Blower said the NUT has been staging events around the country on a weekly basis for some time to tell the public about their campaign and the issues they are highlighting.

"We are saying that very bad things are happening to education and (Education Secretary) Michael Gove needs to listen."

The NUT's bitter dispute with the Government focuses on three issues - changes to pay, pensions and workload.

The walkout could affect thousands of schools across the two nations, and force many to close their doors to some or all pupils.

The DfE has said parents will "struggle to understand" why the NUT was pressing ahead with its strike.

A spokesman said: "They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.

"Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."

Yesterday, David Cameron's official spokesman said the Prime Minister would call on teachers not to strike because the action "disrupts children's education and children's families".

Mr Gove yesterday wrote to seven union bosses setting out the progress he believed had been made in talks between the DfE and teaching unions. In it, he said he wanted to underline his commitment to the talks process, but the NUT said the letter showed how little progress had been made in the talks.

The NUT has been embroiled in its dispute with the Government for more than two years, and staged a series of regional strikes with the NASUWT teaching union last year.

Between them they represent the vast majority of teachers.

A proposed one-day national walkout in November by the two unions was called off and the NASUWT has decided not to take part in today's strike.

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8:48am Wed 26 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Disruptive for the children and parents, which will alter little in regards to the teachers, so called terrible working conditions.
Disruptive for the children and parents, which will alter little in regards to the teachers, so called terrible working conditions. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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9:04am Wed 26 Mar 14

barneydrop says...

The poor hardworking teachers deserve to get a minimum of £100, 000 a year and only have to work a maximum of two days a week, every other week.
They hardly get any time off. 14 weeks a year is derisory and insufficient.
The poor hardworking teachers deserve to get a minimum of £100, 000 a year and only have to work a maximum of two days a week, every other week. They hardly get any time off. 14 weeks a year is derisory and insufficient. barneydrop
  • Score: -5

9:38am Wed 26 Mar 14

morbeous says...

No sympathy for the teachers. If they don't like what they have then maybe they should get a different job. Maybe they should pay into a private pension like most normal workers do. Oh hang on I forgot most of us cant afford to pay into a Private pension and also our mortgages as we dont earn as much as teachers do. Greedy b******s should think of those workers worse off than them who lose a days pay to look after their children because of these strikes
No sympathy for the teachers. If they don't like what they have then maybe they should get a different job. Maybe they should pay into a private pension like most normal workers do. Oh hang on I forgot most of us cant afford to pay into a Private pension and also our mortgages as we dont earn as much as teachers do. Greedy b******s should think of those workers worse off than them who lose a days pay to look after their children because of these strikes morbeous
  • Score: 0

11:10am Wed 26 Mar 14

woolstone says...

A recent report shows that teachers actually work 56 to 60 hour a week, it all so states that they are one of the top profession with the longest working hours, regardless of school holidays. Maybe before you make comments it might be a good idea to read the report and get the facts straight. Schools are not there simply to look after your children that sometimes has to fall on the parents.
A recent report shows that teachers actually work 56 to 60 hour a week, it all so states that they are one of the top profession with the longest working hours, regardless of school holidays. Maybe before you make comments it might be a good idea to read the report and get the facts straight. Schools are not there simply to look after your children that sometimes has to fall on the parents. woolstone
  • Score: 5

11:28am Wed 26 Mar 14

morbeous says...

The reports are rubbish. I know teachers. My brothers wife is a teacher and my father was also. These reports are made up to make them look hard done by. Maybe you should get your facts right. You never see teachers pleading poverty do you
The reports are rubbish. I know teachers. My brothers wife is a teacher and my father was also. These reports are made up to make them look hard done by. Maybe you should get your facts right. You never see teachers pleading poverty do you morbeous
  • Score: 6

11:55am Wed 26 Mar 14

woolstone says...

These reports and statistics were done by the government not the unions Morbeous they are not rubbish as I said read the report before you comment it might open your eyes to the true facts about teaching and the problems which are causing education to suffer. If Mr. Gove addressed the problems being raised by the profession these strikes would most probably not happen, as teachers do not really want to strike but when they are ignored what else do you do. It is not all about pensions its about teaching standards that teachers have concerns over and exhausted teachers trying to teach your children.
These reports and statistics were done by the government not the unions Morbeous they are not rubbish as I said read the report before you comment it might open your eyes to the true facts about teaching and the problems which are causing education to suffer. If Mr. Gove addressed the problems being raised by the profession these strikes would most probably not happen, as teachers do not really want to strike but when they are ignored what else do you do. It is not all about pensions its about teaching standards that teachers have concerns over and exhausted teachers trying to teach your children. woolstone
  • Score: -2

12:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

morbeous says...

Teaching standards have only dropped because those that they employ as teachers are not upto the job. And dont be silly the strikes are purely about money. Look at the kids these days they leave school as dunces even though they are supposed to have so many GCSEs. Thats because teaching standards have dropped and qualifications aren't worth the paper they are printed on these days
Teaching standards have only dropped because those that they employ as teachers are not upto the job. And dont be silly the strikes are purely about money. Look at the kids these days they leave school as dunces even though they are supposed to have so many GCSEs. Thats because teaching standards have dropped and qualifications aren't worth the paper they are printed on these days morbeous
  • Score: -1

1:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

woolstone says...

Morbeous I give up you have a negative view and you really do not know about the teaching profession of today, it is not all about the money.
Morbeous I give up you have a negative view and you really do not know about the teaching profession of today, it is not all about the money. woolstone
  • Score: -2

2:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

morbeous says...

Obviously woolstone is a teacher or is related to one. I think you will find the majority of people agree with me.
Obviously woolstone is a teacher or is related to one. I think you will find the majority of people agree with me. morbeous
  • Score: 0

2:53pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cg1blue says...

Woolstone - it would help if you told us which report you're referring to.

Also, if you are a teacher I hope your pupils are taught to use more punctuation than you do.
Woolstone - it would help if you told us which report you're referring to. Also, if you are a teacher I hope your pupils are taught to use more punctuation than you do. cg1blue
  • Score: 5

2:53pm Wed 26 Mar 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Hey Morbeus - maybe teachers would like to pay into a private pension - at least they would have a choice, and not be affected by the whims of different governments! Teachers are also a day's pay if they strike. And whose kids are they? Stop treating teachers like child minders.
Hey Morbeus - maybe teachers would like to pay into a private pension - at least they would have a choice, and not be affected by the whims of different governments! Teachers are also a day's pay if they strike. And whose kids are they? Stop treating teachers like child minders. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: -1

3:04pm Wed 26 Mar 14

morbeous says...

Exactly they are not child minders they are supposed to be giving our children an education but whilst they strike they are not doing what they are employed and paid to do. Whilst they strike us parents either have to take a days unpaid leave to look after our children or pay a child minder. Why should us parents be out of pocket due to teachers who most probably earn more than a lot of us do strike?
Exactly they are not child minders they are supposed to be giving our children an education but whilst they strike they are not doing what they are employed and paid to do. Whilst they strike us parents either have to take a days unpaid leave to look after our children or pay a child minder. Why should us parents be out of pocket due to teachers who most probably earn more than a lot of us do strike? morbeous
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

oldgirl20014 says...

Unless you actually work in a primary school and know everything that teachers have to do, you shouldn't comment. Most teachers are in school before 8.00 am and work hard until 5.30 - 6.00pm. They generally are in school some of the holidays as they have to sort their rooms out, displays, marking 30 books for every subject. They usually hold clubs after school too. They also have to prepare for all lessons and are generally in charge of a subject area for the whole school. Their day does not end when they leave school either as it takes too long so either side of cooking dinner they also do school work until fall into bed tired. There are more than ever before teachers of sick with stress and they earn between £25 and £40 usually which has been held down for years well below MPs or Doctors or loads of other jobs! They are on strike because they are being asked to pay more into their pensions to get much less and having to work till 66 or more!!!!!! Think would you be able to do all that and teach 5 year olds at 66 and that is every subject!
Unless you actually work in a primary school and know everything that teachers have to do, you shouldn't comment. Most teachers are in school before 8.00 am and work hard until 5.30 - 6.00pm. They generally are in school some of the holidays as they have to sort their rooms out, displays, marking 30 books for every subject. They usually hold clubs after school too. They also have to prepare for all lessons and are generally in charge of a subject area for the whole school. Their day does not end when they leave school either as it takes too long so either side of cooking dinner they also do school work until fall into bed tired. There are more than ever before teachers of sick with stress and they earn between £25 and £40 usually which has been held down for years well below MPs or Doctors or loads of other jobs! They are on strike because they are being asked to pay more into their pensions to get much less and having to work till 66 or more!!!!!! Think would you be able to do all that and teach 5 year olds at 66 and that is every subject! oldgirl20014
  • Score: 6

5:33pm Wed 26 Mar 14

woolstone says...

cg1blue the report I am referring to is the "2013 Teachers Workload Survey" which was done on behalf of the Department of Education. It states that too much unnecessary and bureaucratic tasks take up too much of teachers time and that they do more unpaid overtime than any other profession, these are just two of the points that are mention. For those that asked no I am not a teacher. Sorry if you don't like my punctuation but I don't really care.
cg1blue the report I am referring to is the "2013 Teachers Workload Survey" which was done on behalf of the Department of Education. It states that too much unnecessary and bureaucratic tasks take up too much of teachers time and that they do more unpaid overtime than any other profession, these are just two of the points that are mention. For those that asked no I am not a teacher. Sorry if you don't like my punctuation but I don't really care. woolstone
  • Score: 5

7:28am Thu 27 Mar 14

morbeous says...

Well most normal workers have to work until they are 67 these days and they also earn a lot less money than teachers do. So poor old teachers. They don't have to do after school clubs that is their choice. They are not forced into doing it.
Well most normal workers have to work until they are 67 these days and they also earn a lot less money than teachers do. So poor old teachers. They don't have to do after school clubs that is their choice. They are not forced into doing it. morbeous
  • Score: 2

9:14am Thu 27 Mar 14

Bosniavet says...

So, does anyone know if all the teachers on strike were manning picket lines or taking part in demonstrations to explain their "plight" - or were they out shopping, lunching with friends &/or propping up the bar as usually seems the case from evidence quoted here & elsewhere?
I'm sorry, but as has been said previously, teachers have a much better salary & pension - even with the new system - than the majority of us who work in the private sector. Anyone remember the teachers & other public sector workers showing support for us in the private sector when our DBS pensions were taken away & many of us ended up on reduced hours/made to work part-time or given zero hour contracts? No, me either.
So, does anyone know if all the teachers on strike were manning picket lines or taking part in demonstrations to explain their "plight" - or were they out shopping, lunching with friends &/or propping up the bar as usually seems the case from evidence quoted here & elsewhere? I'm sorry, but as has been said previously, teachers have a much better salary & pension - even with the new system - than the majority of us who work in the private sector. Anyone remember the teachers & other public sector workers showing support for us in the private sector when our DBS pensions were taken away & many of us ended up on reduced hours/made to work part-time or given zero hour contracts? No, me either. Bosniavet
  • Score: 0

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