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To wonder why teachers aren’t striking?

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Redwineistasty Mon 12-Feb-18 19:08:56

Please excuse my ignorance, I’m sure there’s a reason why they’re not striking.

But they have very well established unions and really shit working conditions.

Dolphincrossing Mon 12-Feb-18 19:10:18

About what in particular?

Queuejumper Mon 12-Feb-18 19:11:18

They did last year didn't they?

hoopdeloop Mon 12-Feb-18 19:11:46

In Scotland it’s looking likely that we will end up striking during the next academic year

chocolateworshipper Mon 12-Feb-18 19:11:50

A lot of them have given up and are leaving the profession instead.

JustTerfingAlong1 Mon 12-Feb-18 19:12:05

Because striking just hurts the people they are there for - the students...

... Pisses off the people with the voting power - the parents

... Just makes the politicians more determined to "break" the skiving, don't know what hard work is, bunch of slacking incompetent skivers.

IMHO anyway.

LemonRedwood Mon 12-Feb-18 19:12:39

The strikes in recent years have had none of the desired impact whatsoever.

PinkAvocado Mon 12-Feb-18 19:14:12

I think teachers are as likely to leave now as stand and fight.

Tinkerbec Mon 12-Feb-18 19:15:21

Nobody can afford to lose £100 plus a day and y11 suffer.

Thisusernamethingistricky Mon 12-Feb-18 19:15:28

I think teachers have pretty much given up striking now and are just leaving the profession full stop.

JustTerfingAlong1 Mon 12-Feb-18 19:16:23

Yeah I'm an ex teacher who has given up on unions and striking. Am retraining as an accountant instead

greathat Mon 12-Feb-18 19:22:49

Leaving the profession in droves instead... if I worked full time I'd have gone already. As it is I work full time but am paid 3 days...

manicinsomniac Mon 12-Feb-18 19:26:56

I don't agree with striking. It doesn't hurt the right people and it's a pain in the arse to try and rearrange whatever was planned for that day.

ilovesooty Mon 12-Feb-18 19:32:59

Teachers would be more effective taking industrial action if they mobilised into one union.

As it is you have teachers who won't join a union, teachers who are in different unions, teachers who won't go along with strike action etc etc.

Yes, they're leaving in droves.

misskatamari Mon 12-Feb-18 19:36:56

Another one who's left here too. It makes me sad, the state of education today. I loved actually teaching but all the endless crap that now goes with it is soul destroying

Redwineistasty Mon 12-Feb-18 19:37:46

Thanks, that all answers my question.

I’m starting my pgce in sept and constantly hear don’t do it all over the place online and in work (I work in education). It doesn’t stop me going ahead with it but it does make me worry about my own dc’s education.

I do understand that striking won’t help their education, but neither will an inheaval of teachers each year.

blankpieceofpaper Mon 12-Feb-18 19:39:31

We tried striking.

Lots of us (including me) are now leaving instead.

GetOutOfMYGarden Mon 12-Feb-18 19:39:58

Because it doesn't disrupt enough to get results, and just harms their year 11 students.

DakotaFanny Mon 12-Feb-18 19:41:45

The big unions need to get together to make any real impact.

BoneyBackJefferson Mon 12-Feb-18 19:47:48

Because we can't strike about the things that matter.
Because the government and media have successfully portrait teachers as work shy scum.
Because of the continued idiotic responses of some people.

Oh and because if we strike we are moaners.
If we don't strike we are moaners.

And whatever happens its the teachers fault because some people can't see the bigger picture and are fucking thick

Appuskidu Mon 12-Feb-18 19:49:07

I have always gone on strike over the years, whenever my union has.

It hasn’t ever made a blind bit of difference really (though I still would strike). The press use it against us lazy work-shy teachers and the politicians do too.

Sadly, there’s plenty of people on mumsnet who have loudly objected during teacher strikes, too-and it usually ends up with accusations of teachers not ‘living in the real world’ and how we should accept working hard like everyone else.

I’m leaving-20 years is enough for me. I honestly would recommend anyone do a pgce at the moment.

worridmum Mon 12-Feb-18 20:06:34

remember good education should go to the people that can afford to pay it the majority of the people that have been put in charge of the State schools all went to private schools (ok not all but the vast majority of them).

The UK and the USA treat teachers so poorly in comparison to most other countries, the amount of extra hours teachers have to work for free is insane even the best teachers at time management are working in excess of 10+ hours a week for free its bloody insane the people rush to the bottom oh we have to work some many hours for free so should everyone else and teachers are just moaning and should move to the real world etc

While the people in power / big employers all clap their hands in glee as they get sooooo many extra hours form their workers without having to pay them anything its disgraceful.

BG2015 Mon 12-Feb-18 20:18:25

Striking affects everyone, kids, teachers and parents and doesn’t make any difference.

A fellow teacher also recently told me that striking results in your pension being less! I don’t know if this is true?

I’ve been teaching for 22 years and I’m bloody knackered. I have 11 years to go before retirement, if I last that long.

Fed up of spending all Sunday working not to mention at least an hour at home every night. But nothing will ever change.

ilovesooty Mon 12-Feb-18 20:23:51

I earn a load less than I earned in teaching but have never regretted getting out.

WoodenRainbow Mon 12-Feb-18 20:24:32

Yup agree with others here. Striking does nothing except make more people hate us. It has done fuck all for our working conditions and we’ve continued to be shit on from a great height. We’re leaving instead. I’m gone at the end of the year. 10 years worth of experience; I’m a passionate, hard working, dynamic teacher but I am so done with not being trusted to do my job and to have to justify every tiny decision I make.

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