Reason to strike

20th December 2002 at 00:00
I feel that David Ogle (Primary View, TES, November 29) has misunderstood why London teachers are striking and the financial burden this places on them.

For the recent one-day strike, I recognised that I would not be paid for that day but felt I had to participate because of the situation that I and many other staff are in with regard to housing.

I am lodging in north London and travel to Hertfordshire, but I am unable to afford housing in either area and am considering getting bar work to reduce my financial burden.

Were the Government to increase the London allowances I might be able to own my own property and change my life-style for the better. This, to me, was a very important reason to strike.

Ansar Iqbal 69 Huntingdon Road East Finchley, London N2

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