Right to strike?

11th April 2008 at 01:00
From tes.co.uk


I'm bothered that so many of us will strike simply to support the union but don't feel they are doing the right thing. This will result in apathy on our part. The Government will win this round, and teachers will be in a worse position.


At least the NUT has stood up to the Government on the issue of unqualified staff taking classes. The other unions have crawled into bed with the Government and seem only too happy to co-operate with the gradual de-professionalising of teaching.


The lack of people prepared to strike within the NUT will be a real eye-opener to its national executive. I suspect people will defect as a result of the hasty strike action, and that people will avoid joining as the union is the one that will lose them a day's pay.


Let them leave, and buy a toothless watchdog. Pretty soon we will all be employed by academies, doing admin, putting up displays, working for the same wage, collating our reports, collecting trip money, and moaning that our unions do nothing to help us.


Striking on the basis of pay is wrong. Striking to highlight more important issues - discipline, paperwork, long hours - would be more beneficial.

Sinbad the sailor

I belong to the NUT and feel an obligation to support a union that is fighting for decent workloadpay in teaching. We need to stand together or we will weaken our position - all the infighting is how we got into this situation in the first place.


I voted against the strike but I will strike because I respect the outcome of the ballot. I would have been much happier to take part in a joint NUTNASUWT strike. As it is, the NUT is making a point, but I don't believe we have any chance of success without joint and united action.


I am an NUT member who is not striking. The reason is because of my Year 11 pupils. We have around four lessons with them before their GCSEs. I will not let them down. I will be doing the job I was hired to do.

Tolpuddle Martyr

As an NQT who changed career and lives outside London, I take home pound;1,289 a month. My mortgage is pound;760 per month; gas and electricity pound;40; council tax pound;65; travel to work pound;240; mobile phone pound;35. Do the sums: that's why we need to strike.


I don't believe in this strike. There will be loud cries that it's not fair on the children. If the public doesn't sympathise, the problems will get worse. The only way forward is to change attitudes.

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