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Summer strike action announced
Better late than never? Too late to make a difference? Or alternatively: "I didn't know we still had any teaching unions"?
Serious foot-shooting. There really isn't a strong voice for strike action at present. There will be little public support. It all gives the government another stick with which to beat teachers and unions.
I disagree with tom clancy. This is long overdue in my opinion, and a cute approach. Although, to really blow (Michael) Gove's "Let's return to a system of final examinations" dreamboat out of the water, they should be calling the strikes for the days that most students sit English language and maths examinations for maximum disruption.
There will be little public support. There was little support for us when we went on strike in the 1970s and 1980s, so nothing changes.
Isn't this exactly what Gove wanted for his all-out war with the unions? Personally, I think we're just playing into his hands; he can again be seen the saviour on television berating all the evil teachers. Although, if my union strikes (which apparently it is), I will support it.
I, too, will strike if my union decides it's the best way forward. It would work better if more people actually did strike, though.
I expect large numbers of teachers will bottle it. Under the guise of "What about the children?", fear of not getting promoted or being picked on afterwards, or their 4x4s, skiing holidays and 42in TVs are more important. Who cares anyway? It's finished as a profession. And as a job it's pretty shite. Nice holidays, though.
I think this is a tactical error on the part of the unions. Deliberate provocation is occurring and the unions have risen to the bait. They need to get significant amounts of PR out there before going down this route. Foolish at best. Suicidal at worst.
Suicide happened quite a few years back. This is more like exhuming the remains of the once noble profession.
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