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Teachers - are you voting yes for strike action

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sandgrounder Wed 18-May-11 18:16:37

Went to NUT meeting at school yesterday re pension reform. Cannot see myself teaching until 68 and who wants their kids taught by oldies not wanting to be there.

PotteringAlong Wed 18-May-11 18:21:18

I've voted against strike action

megasharkvsgiantpiranha Wed 18-May-11 18:30:31

68 ain't old though is it? and i would have thought most people have are in the same boat

Purpleprickles Wed 18-May-11 18:35:10

Am voting yes <dons hard hat>

Feenie Wed 18-May-11 18:41:20

So am I <takes another hard hat>

southeastastra Wed 18-May-11 18:42:41

what exactly are they proposing?

Purpleprickles Wed 18-May-11 18:52:28

Discontinuous strike action, see here

manicinsomniac Wed 18-May-11 19:20:27

No, I don't believe in striking.

It doesn't hurt the people it's supposed to, it hurts the children.

sandgrounder Wed 18-May-11 19:21:38

The point is the contract I signed was for retirement at 60 amd my financial planning geared towards this. Not against the idea of teaching past 60, in fact a few hours a week teaching sixth form would be lovely, but a full day's teaching KS3 at 68, wouldn't have the mental or physical strength.

mrz Wed 18-May-11 19:33:35

I don't mind paying higher contributions or even working longer but when doing that means I will also get less pension the sums don't add up.

treesinthebreeze Wed 18-May-11 19:44:54

Totally agree sandgrounder. NASUWT are't balloting yet butI will be voting 'yes'.

Purpleprickles Wed 18-May-11 19:59:28

Agree mrz, I've just used the NUT pension calculator and I'll be paying nearly £100 more per month and working until I'm 68 for considerably less pension hmm

gordongrumblebum Wed 18-May-11 20:59:55

Have just been to an area meeting about this, which was about as lively as a morgue. Have a feeling I'll be battered with bricks if I ever go again, just because I questioned the action.

I'd better start be saying that I think the government's plans are devious and conniving, before you lot think I'm a scab grin

However, I have a problem envisaging a happy outcome to a strike. The popular tory press is battering public sector workers (pensions, pay, difficulty in shedding staff), and this will just give them an added opportunity to berate teachers and state of education. Many parents read these papers - they do not read the TES, which, apparently is running an ad this week against the pension changes. (When one of the reps proudly announced this, I did point out that the TES wasn't read by all the parents at our school.) We'll be inconveniencing people and 'causing millions in lost revenue' (that only happens when teachers have inconvenient holidays and snow days, not on Royal Wedding Days).

Can anyone convince me how this strike will be successful?

BTW, I fully understand that the ballot is for/against strike action in an effort to encourage the govt to renegotiate, and that the strike isn't set in stone.

Oh, and apparently there was an ATL ballot. Did anyone sign it? Did I see it, I wonder.

Have thought of a non-strike idea - what if we all go into school dressed as grannies? We could wear white wigs and glasses, and refuse to do PE, go deaf for the day and have 6 tea breaks...... well, what about it? smile

Feenie Wed 18-May-11 21:05:01

I think it is significant that for the first time 5 different teaching unions are working together (get on with it, NASUWT!) - that's unprecedented.

Both my dh and I are teachers, and these changes would make a significant dent in our income and futures - if we lose £180 a month, we can forget about holidays. Dh is FE, on a different pay scale to me and earns much less.

gordongrumblebum Wed 18-May-11 21:20:03

Yes, I know we're losing out - but I need convincing that STRIKE action will have any effect whatsoever.

I think it will be:
'Teachers cause millions of pounds to be lost in the economy as parents forced to stay at home'
'So you think you're hard up.....welcome to the real world'
'Teachers walk out leaving children waiting at school gate'
'My child's education will suffer: 5 year old misses daily phonics training'
'We're all in this together'
etc, etc, etc.

Feenie Wed 18-May-11 21:24:24

I think that the threat of strike action by every single union, including a famously non-striking one (ATL) and a union that has never been on strike in over a hundred years (NAHT) might have some effect.

I don't like the arbitrary 3% figure demanded, with no proper valuation. £100 a month is a lot to just pluck out of thin air with no hard facts to justify it.

rainbowinthesky Wed 18-May-11 21:29:00

I am. I will not be able to physically do what I do now at the age of 67.

mrz Wed 18-May-11 21:29:00

gordongrumblebum Wed 18-May-11 21:36:13

Do you? Why do you think that the threat of strike action is particularly threatening? Surely a 'threat' means that something bad is going to happen. What is threatening about teachers walking out for one day on zero pay?

I can't really see that the government will be phased by that, but will just go into blame mode.

I know I sound like I'm giving up, but surely there is a more subtle and effective way of doing this. Strikes and demonstrations don't seem to even enter the government's consciousness.

Feenie Wed 18-May-11 21:44:39

Every school, nursery, college, university, gordongrumblebum?

I can see your point though.

This will surely harm recruitment - a decent pension scheme was one of the attractions to a profession which is fairly modestly paid and with a lot of stress attached.

Donki Wed 18-May-11 21:55:43

I would like to see some proper, reliable, relevant numbers.

The Government say the TPS is unsustainable and needs changing, but I have yet to see convincing figures.

The unions say that the changes to the TPS in 2007 have made it sustainable and that the NAO have reported that the TPS is on track to become sustainable. However, I have seen no reliable, relevant numbers - not even the NAOs report (I have googled, but to no avail)


Can any of you lot help point me in the right direction before I vote?

Feenie Wed 18-May-11 22:00:24

Is this what you're after?

manicinsomniac Wed 18-May-11 22:06:23

"I think it will be:
'Teachers cause millions of pounds to be lost in the economy as parents forced to stay at home'
'So you think you're hard up.....welcome to the real world'
'Teachers walk out leaving children waiting at school gate'
'My child's education will suffer: 5 year old misses daily phonics training'
'We're all in this together'
etc, etc, etc."

And they'd be right.
Except maybe a 5 year old's phonics training can easily miss a few days but how about a 16 year old's last minute modular exam support.

Grockle Wed 18-May-11 22:15:40

I voted yes but am wavering. I am not usually in favour if striking but I just don't see how paying more now AND working longer works if I get far less money in the end. I am quite sure that I will not manage to be doing this job when I am 68.

Grockle Wed 18-May-11 22:17:01

I fear that is right - If we do strike, we will be the cause of all the problems this country has. I don't think it will help.

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