100 teachers gather for Wimborne rally on day of national strike action

100 teachers take part in Wimborne rally on day of national strike action

100 teachers take part in Wimborne rally on day of national strike action

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AROUND one hundred teachers who took part in a national strike over ‘poor working conditions’ attended a rally in Dorset today.

Representatives from schools in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset met regional members of the National Union of Teachers at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne.

Regional executive representative, Robin Head, said afterwards: “I’m very pleased with the turn out today. I know the majority of parents are supportive even though some of them have had to make child care arrangements and we apologise for that because we don’t want to be doing this.

“We gave Michael Gove several opportunities to talk with us about these issues but he hasn’t done, so there is nothing else we can do except to take this action.

“In general we are finding the public’s reaction positive so I think our message is getting across.”

Teacher Mary Apperley, who works at the Oak Academy in Bournemouth, said: “As a teacher I work very hard for my pension and it is going to be that I have to put more in and get less out and no one can explain why that is.

“Today I have had some real food for thought and it has boosted my confidence again by coming to a meeting with other teachers who feel the same way.”

The industrial action has been condemned by the Department for Education which says it not only disrupts parents’ lives, but damages children’s education and the reputation of the profession.

Why industrial action has been taken

  • Excessive workload and bureaucracy
  • Performance related pay
  • Unfair pension changes.

According to the NUT, many teachers are leaving the profession due to workload pressures. A Government survey published last month shows primary school teachers work nearly 60 hours a week and secondary school teachers nearly 56 hours.

Teachers say that government policies mean they spend too much time on bureaucratic box-ticking rather than teaching and that performance related pay creates even more bureaucracy.

Teachers also don’t believe they can work to the age of 68 in order to receive a full pension.

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8:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Hey teachers, welcome to the real world!
Hey teachers, welcome to the real world! Turtlebay
  • Score: 7

8:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Villz says...

Teachers just don't seem to realise how lucky they are with their public sector pensions, compared to those of us who have to buy our own pensions
Teachers just don't seem to realise how lucky they are with their public sector pensions, compared to those of us who have to buy our own pensions Villz
  • Score: 8

9:04pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mpo1967 says...

Teachers have two choices the same as the rest of us sooo hard done by
Teachers have two choices the same as the rest of us sooo hard done by mpo1967
  • Score: 5

9:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Hobad1 says...

If they don't like their conditions...quit, and find other work. Like the rest of us do.
If they don't like their conditions...quit, and find other work. Like the rest of us do. Hobad1
  • Score: 7

10:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

apm1954 says...

try the job centre if you dont like it plenty of proper jobs i note ,
try the job centre if you dont like it plenty of proper jobs i note , apm1954
  • Score: 2

10:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

elite50 says...

"Teachers work 60 hours a week".
For how many weeks a year???
The problem is of course that they have always lived in the closeted world of education. They don't understand what the "real world" is like. They spend most of their lives in and amongst either children or other teachers. The result is that when they actually bump into reality they just don't understand it.
"Teachers work 60 hours a week". For how many weeks a year??? The problem is of course that they have always lived in the closeted world of education. They don't understand what the "real world" is like. They spend most of their lives in and amongst either children or other teachers. The result is that when they actually bump into reality they just don't understand it. elite50
  • Score: 3

7:32am Thu 27 Mar 14

loftusrod says...

Robin Head says '...we don't want to be doing this'.
Well, don't then; or if you feel the need to strike, do it during the school holidays. That way you won't cause anyone any disruption.
Robin Head says '...we don't want to be doing this'. Well, don't then; or if you feel the need to strike, do it during the school holidays. That way you won't cause anyone any disruption. loftusrod
  • Score: 2

8:16am Thu 27 Mar 14

Ziggy starburst says...

Bla bla bla, I'm in the real world, bla bla bla, why should they have something I haven't got (pension) I work hard, they don't. Just summing up the majority of spite on this site. Somehow implying their own jobs are more worthy than others. In this case it's teachers. Probably because teachers only work a few weeks a year and finish at 3 right? That's the pupils, not the teachers. Loving the fact that the more worthy private sector pour scorn on the public sector that teach and more often than not, bring up their children (in the case of teachers) treat them in hospitals (at nights and weekends) but still begrudge anyone anything that they haven't got. Teachers, please don't feel that the poison on this site reflects the feelings of the majority of the public, it's Tory Bournemouth and always will be (although they all still complain about that, even on here,but still blindly vote them in, year after year). Best of luck with the industrial action.
Bla bla bla, I'm in the real world, bla bla bla, why should they have something I haven't got (pension) I work hard, they don't. Just summing up the majority of spite on this site. Somehow implying their own jobs are more worthy than others. In this case it's teachers. Probably because teachers only work a few weeks a year and finish at 3 right? That's the pupils, not the teachers. Loving the fact that the more worthy private sector pour scorn on the public sector that teach and more often than not, bring up their children (in the case of teachers) treat them in hospitals (at nights and weekends) but still begrudge anyone anything that they haven't got. Teachers, please don't feel that the poison on this site reflects the feelings of the majority of the public, it's Tory Bournemouth and always will be (although they all still complain about that, even on here,but still blindly vote them in, year after year). Best of luck with the industrial action. Ziggy starburst
  • Score: -1

8:19am Thu 27 Mar 14

Ziggy starburst says...

loftusrod wrote:
Robin Head says '...we don't want to be doing this'.
Well, don't then; or if you feel the need to strike, do it during the school holidays. That way you won't cause anyone any disruption.
I hope this is some kind of sarcasm. You want a strike that doesn't affect anyone. That's like a hunger strike between meals.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Robin Head says '...we don't want to be doing this'. Well, don't then; or if you feel the need to strike, do it during the school holidays. That way you won't cause anyone any disruption.[/p][/quote]I hope this is some kind of sarcasm. You want a strike that doesn't affect anyone. That's like a hunger strike between meals. Ziggy starburst
  • Score: 1

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