Teachers' strike scheduled for Wednesday, March 26

Chard & Ilminster News: Teachers' strike scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 Teachers' strike scheduled for Wednesday, March 26

PARENTS face disruption with some schools threatened with closure during a one-day teachers’ strike next month.

Mums and dads might have to pay for childcare or take a day off work to look after their children when National Union of Teachers members walk out on Wednesday, March 26.

Most schools in Somerset opened either partially or fully during the previous day of action before Christmas.

Head teachers are hoping teachers in the NASUWT union, which backed the action last time, refuse to join the latest strike, meaning even more schools could remain open.

Vicki Nash, NUT divisional secretary for South and West Somerset, said the strike could be called off if Education Secretary Michael Gove agreed to “talk about pay, pensions and workload”.

She said: “He’s trying to take away things we’ve worked very hard for and he’s not listening to what’s making a difference to teachers.

“We’re making sure children’s standards are higher and they’re achieving more.

“Children and parents are on our side – they can see the deterioration in our working conditions. They can see teachers are stressed and tired.

“We’re hoping to be at work on March 26. Striking isn’t what we want to do, but we’re being forced into it – we’re dedicated to the care of children and the community that we’re part of.”

NASUWT bosses have opted to continue trying to negotiate with Michael Gove and say they will “consider plans for the next phase of industrial action”.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government’s measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

“They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and those talks will begin shortly.

“Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is nevertheless taking strike action that will disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”

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3:21pm Sat 15 Feb 14

duckface08 says...

Here we go again. Another feather bed section of the state sector thinking they are hard done by. Who in the private sector has a 35hr week, 3 months holiday plus a taxpayer funded pension? Sorry people but I am sure there are many who are a lot worse off than you. Come into the real world.
Here we go again. Another feather bed section of the state sector thinking they are hard done by. Who in the private sector has a 35hr week, 3 months holiday plus a taxpayer funded pension? Sorry people but I am sure there are many who are a lot worse off than you. Come into the real world. duckface08

7:09pm Sat 15 Feb 14

GoingGreen says...

Here comes the usual teacher bashing and spouting of mythical 35hr weeks and 3 months holidays and complaints about pension schemes into which teachers make significant contributions their entire careers then. Take some time to get an understanding of what a career in teaching entails. (no I am not a teacher)
Here comes the usual teacher bashing and spouting of mythical 35hr weeks and 3 months holidays and complaints about pension schemes into which teachers make significant contributions their entire careers then. Take some time to get an understanding of what a career in teaching entails. (no I am not a teacher) GoingGreen

7:26pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Germaney says...

I think this counts as 'unauthorised absence' . Fine them £60 each for every day of precious schooling lost for our children. If we have to pay for our children missing school, they ought to be fined too....
I just think it feels a little hypocritical.
I think this counts as 'unauthorised absence' . Fine them £60 each for every day of precious schooling lost for our children. If we have to pay for our children missing school, they ought to be fined too.... I just think it feels a little hypocritical. Germaney

7:37pm Sat 15 Feb 14

speedy1003 says...

If you don't like the conditions,workload or what your getting paid FIND ANOTHER JOB.After all most professions only get 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays off.You have 3 weeks for Xmas , 1 week in Feb, 2 weeks for Easter, 1 week in May,6 weeks in the summer,1 week in October Plus Bank holidays.Put up and shut moaning you don;t even know when your well off
If you don't like the conditions,workload or what your getting paid FIND ANOTHER JOB.After all most professions only get 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays off.You have 3 weeks for Xmas , 1 week in Feb, 2 weeks for Easter, 1 week in May,6 weeks in the summer,1 week in October Plus Bank holidays.Put up and shut moaning you don;t even know when your well off speedy1003

10:09am Sun 16 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

Perhaps those who think teachers work short hours with long holidays should shadow a teacher for a few weeks, including weekends and half term and find out about the reality of the job.
Perhaps those who think teachers work short hours with long holidays should shadow a teacher for a few weeks, including weekends and half term and find out about the reality of the job. QuillPen

3:22am Mon 17 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Teachers call national strike

Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive (Personal Capacity)

The next NUT national strike will be on Wednesday 26 March. Every NUT rep and officer now needs to be spreading that news and building for a mass show of strength in opposition to education secretary Gove's damaging attacks on teachers and education.

We hope that other unions may be willing to coordinate with us in taking strike action on that day. The UCAC teachers' union in Wales has announced that they will.

The NASUWT meets on 14 February, when they will decide whether to participate.

We need to make clear that this is not just a 'protest' but must be part of an ongoing campaign of action intended to defeat the attacks on teachers' pensions, pay and conditions.

The new NUT parents' leaflet includes the important points:

* Ensure every classroom has a qualified teacher. Academies and free schools are now allowed to employ unqualified teachers. This is a big threat to standards of education.

* Allow councils to open new schools where they are needed. There is a huge pupil place shortage but councils are not allowed to open new schools. Many councils are driven to putting huts on school playgrounds to cope. The government only allows new 'free' schools and these are often in the wrong place.

*Make sure changes to the curriculum and exams are positive and planned
Ensure there are enough new teachers - stop picking fights with the ones we've got

Michael Gove keeps criticising teachers. Morale is plummeting. Five years after qualifying two in every five teachers are no longer teaching.

Gove is on a mission to cut costs by making teachers work longer hours for less pay and pension. Even more will leave the profession. That's not just bad for teachers, that's bad for children's education.

We must make him think again - we have to build a solid strike on 26 March!

For more information, visit www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Teachers call national strike Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive (Personal Capacity) The next NUT national strike will be on Wednesday 26 March. Every NUT rep and officer now needs to be spreading that news and building for a mass show of strength in opposition to education secretary Gove's damaging attacks on teachers and education. We hope that other unions may be willing to coordinate with us in taking strike action on that day. The UCAC teachers' union in Wales has announced that they will. The NASUWT meets on 14 February, when they will decide whether to participate. We need to make clear that this is not just a 'protest' but must be part of an ongoing campaign of action intended to defeat the attacks on teachers' pensions, pay and conditions. The new NUT parents' leaflet includes the important points: * Ensure every classroom has a qualified teacher. Academies and free schools are now allowed to employ unqualified teachers. This is a big threat to standards of education. * Allow councils to open new schools where they are needed. There is a huge pupil place shortage but councils are not allowed to open new schools. Many councils are driven to putting huts on school playgrounds to cope. The government only allows new 'free' schools and these are often in the wrong place. *Make sure changes to the curriculum and exams are positive and planned Ensure there are enough new teachers - stop picking fights with the ones we've got Michael Gove keeps criticising teachers. Morale is plummeting. Five years after qualifying two in every five teachers are no longer teaching. Gove is on a mission to cut costs by making teachers work longer hours for less pay and pension. Even more will leave the profession. That's not just bad for teachers, that's bad for children's education. We must make him think again - we have to build a solid strike on 26 March! For more information, visit www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset;SocialistParty

4:47am Mon 17 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Taunton and Somerset branch of the Socialist Party, offers full and unequivocal support to all members of the NUT in Somerset and their forthcoming strike action! Solidarity!

"We need to make clear that this is not just a 'protest' but must be part of an ongoing campaign of action intended to defeat the attacks on teachers' pensions, pay and conditions."

Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive (Personal Capacity)



For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Taunton and Somerset branch of the Socialist Party, offers full and unequivocal support to all members of the NUT in Somerset and their forthcoming strike action! Solidarity! "We need to make clear that this is not just a 'protest' but must be part of an ongoing campaign of action intended to defeat the attacks on teachers' pensions, pay and conditions." Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive (Personal Capacity) For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset;SocialistParty

5:13am Mon 17 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive (Personal Capacity) writes:

Last year, we took regional strike action to try and stop Michael Gove’s attacks. Teachers marched right across the country because we know that:

•68 is too late to retire - and we are having to pay more for the privilege!

•Performance Pay will divide staff and be used to block our pay rises

•Our workload is already too great - but Gove wants to make it worse

Since that strike, even more evidence has emerged as to why these attacks on teachers and education have got to stop:

•74% of teachers say their morale has got worse under this Government

•Michael Wilshaw has admitted that it’s a ‘national scandal’ that 40% of teachers are forced out of the profession within five years of qualifying

But Michael Gove has refused to listen. He has refused to hold any serious talks with teaching unions to try and resolve our dispute. Instead, he has asked the Review Body to make recommendations which could include:

•NO more 195 day limit on your working year

•NO more 1265 hour limit on your directed hours

•NO more ‘rarely cover’ protection, no guarantee of meaningful PPA time

Gove is on a mission to cut costs by making teachers work longer hours for less pay and pension. Even more colleagues will leave the profession.

That’s not just bad for teachers, that’s bad for children’s education. We must make him think again - we have to build a solid strike on 26 March!

STRIKING TO DEFEND EDUCATION

Nobody takes strike action lightly, but we have a responsibility to ourselves, our colleagues and our pupils to make a stand for teachers and education.

Few teachers can afford to easily lose a day’s pay on March 26 - but, if we don’t take action, we stand to lose a whole lot more.

National strike action will hit the headlines and force politicians to take notice. If they don’t act, then they must be warned that more union action is to follow.

The Government will be under more pressure as we approach the General Election. Parents will want to know why we are having to take strike action. Most will rightly blame Gove, not us.

To get our message across, the National NUT has produced a new parents’ leaflet explaining how Government policies are damaging education. Help to get that message out to parents and the public in your area.

BUILD FOR ACTION IN YOUR SCHOOL

•Do hold a school meeting to encourage everyone to support the action

•Official strike notices will be issued by the National Union - teachers don’t have to tell their Head individually that they will be on strike

•Do attend local NUT meetings - or send in a report - so we know what’s happening in your school and/or can answer any questions or queries

•Don’t set work on the day; nobody should be covering your post

•Do make plans to join your local demonstration or rally on March 26

•Do make plans to get our message to parents - perhaps by agreement with your Head or on the school-gates. Help out with local NUT activities


For more information visit: http://electmartin1.
blogspot.co.uk/
Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive (Personal Capacity) writes: Last year, we took regional strike action to try and stop Michael Gove’s attacks. Teachers marched right across the country because we know that: •68 is too late to retire - and we are having to pay more for the privilege! •Performance Pay will divide staff and be used to block our pay rises •Our workload is already too great - but Gove wants to make it worse Since that strike, even more evidence has emerged as to why these attacks on teachers and education have got to stop: •74% of teachers say their morale has got worse under this Government •Michael Wilshaw has admitted that it’s a ‘national scandal’ that 40% of teachers are forced out of the profession within five years of qualifying But Michael Gove has refused to listen. He has refused to hold any serious talks with teaching unions to try and resolve our dispute. Instead, he has asked the Review Body to make recommendations which could include: •NO more 195 day limit on your working year •NO more 1265 hour limit on your directed hours •NO more ‘rarely cover’ protection, no guarantee of meaningful PPA time Gove is on a mission to cut costs by making teachers work longer hours for less pay and pension. Even more colleagues will leave the profession. That’s not just bad for teachers, that’s bad for children’s education. We must make him think again - we have to build a solid strike on 26 March! STRIKING TO DEFEND EDUCATION Nobody takes strike action lightly, but we have a responsibility to ourselves, our colleagues and our pupils to make a stand for teachers and education. Few teachers can afford to easily lose a day’s pay on March 26 - but, if we don’t take action, we stand to lose a whole lot more. National strike action will hit the headlines and force politicians to take notice. If they don’t act, then they must be warned that more union action is to follow. The Government will be under more pressure as we approach the General Election. Parents will want to know why we are having to take strike action. Most will rightly blame Gove, not us. To get our message across, the National NUT has produced a new parents’ leaflet explaining how Government policies are damaging education. Help to get that message out to parents and the public in your area. BUILD FOR ACTION IN YOUR SCHOOL •Do hold a school meeting to encourage everyone to support the action •Official strike notices will be issued by the National Union - teachers don’t have to tell their Head individually that they will be on strike •Do attend local NUT meetings - or send in a report - so we know what’s happening in your school and/or can answer any questions or queries •Don’t set work on the day; nobody should be covering your post •Do make plans to join your local demonstration or rally on March 26 •Do make plans to get our message to parents - perhaps by agreement with your Head or on the school-gates. Help out with local NUT activities For more information visit: http://electmartin1. blogspot.co.uk/ Somerset;SocialistParty

8:15am Mon 17 Feb 14

Anonone says...

I understand some teachers are buying hate Michael Gove voodoo dolls at TWENTY FIVE POUNDS each. How adult is that? Hardly down to their last pennies which I would suggest could have been spent on far more worthy causes. Pathetic
I understand some teachers are buying hate Michael Gove voodoo dolls at TWENTY FIVE POUNDS each. How adult is that? Hardly down to their last pennies which I would suggest could have been spent on far more worthy causes. Pathetic Anonone

3:58pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Monument says...

The very last thought of the teachers going on strike is their pupils. They should be totally ashamed or their selfishness.

Teaching used to be a respected profession not any more and is it any wonder.
The very last thought of the teachers going on strike is their pupils. They should be totally ashamed or their selfishness. Teaching used to be a respected profession not any more and is it any wonder. Monument

8:39pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Trust the Somerset Socialist to Post !!!! I know its freedom of Speech, but they do not realise, their Rhetoric puts people Off, rather than garnish support
Keep Posting !!!!!
Those Who want to Come out on strike, have every right to do so, but not on False Strike reasons, can you Teachers not see, the Unions, yours and all the other Militant ones, are leading you towards a path of No Return, they the Union, do not have your interest @ Heart, more their own Personal Goals in an attempt to overthrow our Government, Ask how much your Shop Stewards get from the Union, then ask what Salary the Union Bosses are being paid.
You teachers who support their Actions, are being lead like sheep to the Slaughter.
You should withdraw your Labour, at Half Terms- and during the Summer Holidays.
How can you Strike and deprive the Pupils of an Education, that's your Contract, with the Pupils. Their parents are fined if they take a Period out of School,
Do you not realise you are being USED by your Union leadership, as Pawns
A Political Game. First it was the Firemen, then the Railworkers / Underground Staff, now you the Teachers, next the Nurses Then the White Collar, Civil Servants.
You say in response, the Teacher who posted above, re how difficult your Job is, you are rewarded, handsomely , the extended Holiday, most would die for, the Pension Rights, you so keenly say that you have to contribute too, well would not every one, if it applied that we too could have the Generous Guaranteed Final Salary Pensions, Carry on as you are, and we will not have any support for you and the difficult job you have to do, but are Teachers worth more than the Average Weekly / Monthly Salary of others in our Workforce, It's only professions like teachers , Police Officers, Firemen, and the Civil Servants can retire with a large enough Pension to make Retirement a Pleasure to look forward too.
Most dread the day, when they have to retire no longer able to take a Salary, but have to rely on a sm Private Pension ,if they were able to afford it during our working life.
Not the 35 hour week, with maybe a bit of marking of Course work in the evening, inset days, Summer Vacations, do not expect sympathy from this quarter, 1've worked since I was 15, , my Private Pension is worth nothing like the Projected £250 k , that was Projected , when in my Twenties, I was advised to take out the Private Pension Plans, £100,00 Month
I wish the Funds were equal to the Civil Servants Final Salaries Pot.
Blue-Owl
David L Preece
Trust the Somerset Socialist to Post !!!! I know its freedom of Speech, but they do not realise, their Rhetoric puts people Off, rather than garnish support Keep Posting !!!!! Those Who want to Come out on strike, have every right to do so, but not on False Strike reasons, can you Teachers not see, the Unions, yours and all the other Militant ones, are leading you towards a path of No Return, they the Union, do not have your interest @ Heart, more their own Personal Goals in an attempt to overthrow our Government, Ask how much your Shop Stewards get from the Union, then ask what Salary the Union Bosses are being paid. You teachers who support their Actions, are being lead like sheep to the Slaughter. You should withdraw your Labour, at Half Terms- and during the Summer Holidays. How can you Strike and deprive the Pupils of an Education, that's your Contract, with the Pupils. Their parents are fined if they take a Period out of School, Do you not realise you are being USED by your Union leadership, as Pawns A Political Game. First it was the Firemen, then the Railworkers / Underground Staff, now you the Teachers, next the Nurses Then the White Collar, Civil Servants. You say in response, the Teacher who posted above, re how difficult your Job is, you are rewarded, handsomely , the extended Holiday, most would die for, the Pension Rights, you so keenly say that you have to contribute too, well would not every one, if it applied that we too could have the Generous Guaranteed Final Salary Pensions, Carry on as you are, and we will not have any support for you and the difficult job you have to do, but are Teachers worth more than the Average Weekly / Monthly Salary of others in our Workforce, It's only professions like teachers , Police Officers, Firemen, and the Civil Servants can retire with a large enough Pension to make Retirement a Pleasure to look forward too. Most dread the day, when they have to retire no longer able to take a Salary, but have to rely on a sm Private Pension ,if they were able to afford it during our working life. Not the 35 hour week, with maybe a bit of marking of Course work in the evening, inset days, Summer Vacations, do not expect sympathy from this quarter, 1've worked since I was 15, , my Private Pension is worth nothing like the Projected £250 k , that was Projected , when in my Twenties, I was advised to take out the Private Pension Plans, £100,00 Month I wish the Funds were equal to the Civil Servants Final Salaries Pot. Blue-Owl David L Preece Blue Owl

1:00pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

welcome to the real world just like the rest of us working all hours for what ?
welcome to the real world just like the rest of us working all hours for what ? ladybird14

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