40,000 Cumbrian pupils affected by teachers' strike
Published at 08:09, Thursday, 17 October 2013
Around 40,000 children are not in lessons today as more than a third of the county’s schools are hit by a walkout by teachers.
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At least 85 schools in Cumbria are closed, affecting almost 29,000 children.
A further 32 schools say they can not open fully and have to impose partial closures because of the one-day strike by members of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT.
The picture is likely to change because union members considering joining the action had no obligation to inform schools of their intentions until today.
Up to 5,000 teachers across the county, some 90 per cent, are members of the two striking unions. They are not expected to be in work today as part of the rolling programme of regional strikes called following ballots on industrial action.
Hundreds of them were taking to buses and sharing cars early this morning to travel to Durham, where a march is starting at 11am.
Durham is hosting one of three rallies being held across the country in this latest phase of the unions’ joint industrial action.
Schools across the north east, Cumbria, London, south east and south west of England face disruption. The other rallies are in London and Bristol.
The unions have called the regional walkouts as part of their long-running dispute with the Government over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs. It is part of their Protect Teachers and Defend Education campaign. They demand talks with Education Secretary Michael Gove to resolve the issues.
Alan Rutter, secretary of the NUT in Cumbria, said: “No teacher is walking out today thinking that this is great. It is always a case of last resort and done with a heavy heart.
“We’ve not had time to call around every school but the feedback we’ve had from members has been very positive and demonstrate a high level of frustration.”
He added: “The last time we called a strike two years ago some 180-200 schools in Cumbria were disrupted in some way, either having to close fully or to some classes or year groups.”
The figures are estimations calculated by the News & Star collected from a range of sources, including the county council and schools.
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Let's not beat about the bush. Teachers make a choice to take up the teaching profession and just like other public service jobs, Police, Firemen, Nurses, etc, they know what they are going in to when they get appointed. The pay scales that I have just read for Police and Teachers are very similar both around Â£22000 - Â£23000 starting salary. However, Police officers have to work shifts which the Teachers don't. The Police pay 11% of their salary towards their pension which they get at the age of 60 whereas the Teachers have been paying around 6% and it is proposed to raise it to about 9% for their pension which they collect at 67 (if that is the correct age taken from this thread). Police officers are not allowed to join a Trade Union. The work that the Police, Firemen and Nurses do is very much more dirty, dangerous, etc, than what teachers have to put up with. I watched Question Time last night and even the Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt was saying that he agreed with performance related salaries and he agreed with Free Schools (good one's). If only the teachers did some maths regarding the economy of the country they would then see that they are not the only one's "suffering" , in inverted commas because I don't believe they are "suffering" any worse than other members of society who have accepted that we all have to pull together until we get our massive debt reduced.
Free babysitting service?? please do not think that all parents etc who are against the strike is because we are not getting our children 'babysat'!!! Children are required by law to go to school therefore we as parents expect monday to friday our children will be in school, it is an inconvenience but not because i expect my child to be looked after but because I work and cannot just take time out as and when especially when I have 13 weeks per year school holidays to think about.
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