Why isn't my DCs school striking?

(34 Posts)
curlytoes Sun 23-Mar-14 13:58:26

So I've been a bit self absorbed recently and am not as politically aware as I'd like. I just noticed that my DCs school is open as usual on Wednesday when there is a national teachers strike. They closed for the last strike and sent a letter to parents explaining how strongly they felt about the cause.

I wondered what has changed? Were some of the aims of the last strike met? Are there different unions involved? Are less schools getting involved this time? FWIW, I would strongly support the school in defending the rights of teachers.

I've tried a quick google search but couldn't find a clear comparison between this strike and the last. I feel a bit shy to ask the teachers.

I may get tied up with the DCs for a bit but will be back when I can. Thank you anyone who can enlighten me!

Feenie Sun 23-Mar-14 14:08:06

Presumably because their teacher are all in different unions instead of the NUT.

The NASUWT chose not to join until for this latest strand of joint action

www.nasuwt.org.uk/Whatsnew/NASUWTNews/PressReleases/NASUWTIndustrialActionPR

curlytoes Sun 23-Mar-14 14:59:00

but it's the same teachers that did strike last time so presumably they must have been NUT before.

noblegiraffe Sun 23-Mar-14 15:02:28

No, NASUWT also went on strike last time but aren't striking this time.

kimlo Sun 23-Mar-14 15:04:17

it was a joint strime last time, they were probably in the other union.

the dds school was open last time, only one teacher was on strike so that class stayed off. This time we have got a letter saying the whole school is closing.

Silkyandmoonface Sun 23-Mar-14 15:26:38

most of our staff are in NASWUT so the school closed due to the strike last time. We won't be closed this time because we aren't allowed to-only members of the NUT can strike.

curlytoes Sun 23-Mar-14 15:35:23

I think I had it back to front. I thought the union with the long acronym was joining in this time. Thanks for the info.

Madcats Sun 23-Mar-14 19:10:44

No sign of a strike at my daughter's infant school. I'm not sure that any of the teachers have striker in the 2 1/2 years we have been there.

kimlo Sun 23-Mar-14 19:15:29

they might strike yet, last time we weren't told until the day before.

juniper44 Sun 23-Mar-14 22:15:01

I call NASUWT 'naz-eugh-wut' but they insist on calling themselves the N-A-S-U-W-T.

I'm actually the president of my local association too, so I should probably bother to get the name right. My way is quicker smile

nicp123 Mon 24-Mar-14 01:19:35

At my DS school fewer Union members than last time, and the rest of staff refused to strike. DS disappointed sad

mummy1973 Mon 24-Mar-14 17:43:01

Some members of the NUT have decided not to strike this time as it is not a coordinated strike with the other teaching unions.

Feenie Mon 24-Mar-14 18:01:25

Some members of the NUT should join another union then!

mrz Mon 24-Mar-14 18:27:50

Why be in a union if you aren't willing to back it?

MM5 Tue 25-Mar-14 06:06:04

Many teachers I know are in unions for insurance. When you join a union, they insure you and if, for some reason, you need legal help, you can get it quick. Also, they support the individual HR issues.

Education is a funny creature. Many are passionate about teaching children and consider it more than a job. It is a calling. So, a call to strike,meven if they feel the reasons are right, puts educators at odds with their belief that all children deserve an education.

At no time in the last decade has striking made a difference in education. The government does what it wants, the public call educators lazy and inadequate and nothing ever changes.

Also, considering the low wages of many teachers and that they are likely main bread winners, a days pay docked can have a significant impact on personal budgets that they can't afford on a month to month basis!

mrz Tue 25-Mar-14 06:11:56

So they want support if they need it but won't support the union in return hmm

Feenie Tue 25-Mar-14 06:48:18

They can get out of the striking union whose action they refuse to support and join a non-striking one.

Feenie Tue 25-Mar-14 06:49:20

And no one can afford to strike, fgs.

RiversideMum Tue 25-Mar-14 06:50:36

There is a no strike union (voice) if people feel strongly about not striking. I think if you are in a union you need to back the votes and support your colleagues in that union.

MM5 Tue 25-Mar-14 06:53:43

Hey, I am just saying. Teachers are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

BTW, can you tell me which teacher unions never have gone on strike?

mrz Tue 25-Mar-14 06:55:57

Voice (formerly known as PAT) have never gone on strike

MM5 Tue 25-Mar-14 06:58:58

I never heard of that union. Mthank you. I will pass on that info to those who don't want to strike.

Feenie Tue 25-Mar-14 06:59:55

No, they're not, MM5, they have perfectly valid choices which don't have to include undermining their colleagues' action. It's indefensible.

MM5 Tue 25-Mar-14 07:04:57

Feenie, confused by what you mean.

Feenie Tue 25-Mar-14 07:15:04

Not sure which bit of that could possibly be seen as ambiguous!

Put very simply: there are other unions they could join. By not supporting the actions of their union and the colleagues who support that action, they are weakening the action of their union and therefore undermining both their union and the colleagues who do support it.

They do have a choice.

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