Stand, unite and fight

5th July 2013 at 01:00

I am writing in response to the letter "What do we want? Support, not strikes" by Luke Snell (28 June). Unions are vital for ensuring that teachers have a voice in national debates and provide a sense of community. The current pressures that are being applied to teachers are mentally and physically damaging and could ultimately result in a poorer quality of education for students.

The NASUWT Big Question survey has shown that 55 per cent of teachers have considered leaving the teaching profession in the past 12 months. I am one of this number, who had been left feeling that the situation for teachers was futile. However, my increased involvement with my union has shown that I can have a voice and that, together, teachers can make a difference. With a government that refuses to listen to us, we are having to turn to strike action to show the depth of our feeling. It is not something that unions resort to lightly. All we ask is that Michael Gove, England's education secretary, listens to us and makes certain pieces of evidence available. We are not being unreasonable. I worry for Mr Snell and others who have abandoned our cause. What will they do when they are working 70-hour weeks, 45 weeks per year, for the same pay they receive now?

Helen Ryan, Merton NASUWT.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now