Online opinion

15th March 2013 at 00:00
Readers respond to articles on the TESS website

'Overworked' clock up #163;7 billion of unpaid labour

- Yes, 60 hours per week is standard. I don't know anyone who is not working these hours and yes they all know that it is part of the deal ... but the point is the nation benefits from what is basically unpaid labour. In fact the sector would not function without it. Anyway, as a teacher on UPS1 with two kids and a spouse on modest wages, a mortgage and a #163;1,100 overdraft every month, we struggle ... and when your pension is under attack, it all begins to look like a waste of time. Pile on the fact that you are accountable to a degree that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago, then the exit light starts flashing with a blinding green light.


- I have to do work for school after hours and in the evenings (planningmarking etc) but won't do anything else. Why the hell should I?! Sometimes teachers are their own worst enemies!


TESS Interview: Fiona Bull

- And yet this week we have learned that average life expectancy in the UK has never been higher. So high in fact that we cannot afford pensions and healthcare and today's twentysomethings will be working to 67-plus.


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