NUT unprincipled about threshold

9th February 2001 at 00:00
In response to the teacher who failed to cross the threshold (Talkback, January 12), I'm not sure whether I have any sympathy for him. From the start, anyone with any sense knew that the threshold was divisive. All those who did not like it but entered have contributed to a substantial pay difference between themselves and their colleagues.

These teachers entered this lottery becase the NUT told them to go for it. Here lies the truly unprincipled (but cosy) group who, 12 months ago, were adamant this lottery was not going to happen. The union executive thereby isolated a group of workers, leaving them open to attack by their employers. Yes, I do have sympathy with those "failed" teachers, but what do we do now?

C L Cheetham, Thornbury, Bradford

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