East Lancashire teachers ready for day’s strike

East Lancashire teachers ready  for day’s strike

East Lancashire teachers ready for day’s strike

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

TEACHERS in East Lancashire are poised to strike later this month.

Members of the National Union of Teachers are preparing to strike on Wednesday, March 26, over ‘intolerable’ workloads, long hours, and fears of a later retirement age.

However local members of the National Association of the Schoolmaster’ Union and of Women Teachers will not be joining in.

Teachers in the NUT across East Lancashire are to meet with other Lancashire colleagues next Tuesday, ahead of the strike action.

The NUT said strike action could still be averted if pre-strike talks with Michael Gove go well.

In contrast, NASUWT, who last year joined the NUT to launch a ‘unified campaign of strikes’, will not be taking part.

Claire Ward who represents East Lancashire’s NASUWT members said strike action was on hold but they remain in dispute.

She said: “It has been deeply disappointing to teachers that the Secretary of State has delayed meetings. However, thanks to the TUC's Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, using her influence, Michael Gove has committed to a series of talks. Teachers will expect the Secretary of State to show that he is seriously committed to building trust and confidence with the profession by demonstrating that he is prepared to listen to and address teachers’ deep concerns.

“NASUWT remain in dispute and, if these concerns are not addressed, we cannot rule out further industrial action in the future."

Simon Jones who represents both Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire’s NUT members said: “The pressures teachers are under are mounting beyond reasonable levels and we will strike to stand up for education.

“Thousands are leaving the profession due to intolerable working lives and this has an irreversable impact on children.

“We will take part in talks but to avoid a strike Michael Gove must show compromise.”

The strike will see Lancashire NUT teachers gather in Preston City Centre from 11.30am for public rallies and speeches.

Teachers are striking over claims the average primary teacher works nearly 60 hours per week. Secondary heads 63 hours and the average secondary teacher is working nearly 56 hours a week. The union wants changes to pensions and is against performance-related pay.

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3:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

LancsLass says...

Does this mean that when they do strike we can send them a fine for our children not being educated properly? They fine parents if we remove our children from school during the term!
Also are the teachers/council going to pay parents childcare costs for the time they strike with costs of childcare at £25 per day at least I think they should seen as parents still have to work
Does this mean that when they do strike we can send them a fine for our children not being educated properly? They fine parents if we remove our children from school during the term! Also are the teachers/council going to pay parents childcare costs for the time they strike with costs of childcare at £25 per day at least I think they should seen as parents still have to work LancsLass
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4:17pm Tue 11 Mar 14

burner says...

. . . " In the NUT's ballot in September 2012, 82.5% voted in favour of strike action with a turnout of 27% . . ( ONLY 27% bothered to vote ) , while 82% of NASUWT members voted for industrial action, with a turnout of 40%

Only 21.6% voted to strike - 78.4% of NUT did not . " FACT ! So actually, only just over one fifth of . . " East Lancashire teachers ready for day’s strike " .
. . . " In the NUT's ballot in September 2012, 82.5% voted in favour of strike action with a turnout of 27% . . ( ONLY 27% bothered to vote ) , while 82% of NASUWT members voted for industrial action, with a turnout of 40% Only 21.6% voted to strike - 78.4% of NUT did not . " FACT ! So actually, only just over one fifth of . . " East Lancashire teachers ready for day’s strike " . burner
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8:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bfc utc says...

LancsLass wrote:
Does this mean that when they do strike we can send them a fine for our children not being educated properly? They fine parents if we remove our children from school during the term!
Also are the teachers/council going to pay parents childcare costs for the time they strike with costs of childcare at £25 per day at least I think they should seen as parents still have to work
No. Of course it doesn't. They have a legal right to strike and you have a legal duty to send your children to school. Funny thing the law.
I don't think anyone will be paying your childcare costs. Especially as they will be losing a day's pay themselves.
Inconvenient - definitely. Pretty much the whole point of striking. Wouldn't quite have the same impact in the summer holidays would it?
[quote][p][bold]LancsLass[/bold] wrote: Does this mean that when they do strike we can send them a fine for our children not being educated properly? They fine parents if we remove our children from school during the term! Also are the teachers/council going to pay parents childcare costs for the time they strike with costs of childcare at £25 per day at least I think they should seen as parents still have to work[/p][/quote]No. Of course it doesn't. They have a legal right to strike and you have a legal duty to send your children to school. Funny thing the law. I don't think anyone will be paying your childcare costs. Especially as they will be losing a day's pay themselves. Inconvenient - definitely. Pretty much the whole point of striking. Wouldn't quite have the same impact in the summer holidays would it? Bfc utc
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9:28pm Tue 11 Mar 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

Simon Jones: “Thousands are leaving the profession due to intolerable working lives and this has an irreversable impact on children."

I'm sure the remaining teachers (and the pupils) at Pleckgate High School are grateful for your sudden concern about teachers' working conditions in the wake of Ms Ridgway's departure.
Simon Jones: “Thousands are leaving the profession due to intolerable working lives and this has an irreversable impact on children." I'm sure the remaining teachers (and the pupils) at Pleckgate High School are grateful for your sudden concern about teachers' working conditions in the wake of Ms Ridgway's departure. PowerCorruptionAndLies
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