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East Lancs teachers say parents back their strike

Lancashire Telegraph: In spite of dozens of schools closing across East Lancashire, causing chaos for parents, the NUT said many had spoken out in support In spite of dozens of schools closing across East Lancashire, causing chaos for parents, the NUT said many had spoken out in support

TEACHERS who went on strike yesterday were supported by thousands of Lancashire parents, according to a union.

Blackburn and Lancashire’s NUT leader Simon Jones said a rally in Preston was a great success yesterday.

In spite of dozens of schools closing across East Lancashire, causing chaos for parents, the NUT said many had spoken out in support.

Mr Jones said thousands of signatures were collected across Lancashire and during the day in Preston. He also said East Lancashire teachers brought with them hundreds of names on a number of school petitons in which parents pledged support.

He said: “There are many parents who understand that we are taking a stand for education. Parents’ main concern is who their children will be taught by long-term.”

As he addressed crowds of hundreds of people in Preston, where all Lancashire’s NUT members had gathered, he said: “We’ve done our best at these talks and tried to make sensible suggestions within a restricted remit on tackling teacher workload.

“However all positive suggestions have been rejected. Gove is simply not interested in resolving this dispute.

“You don’t have to be a teacher to know forcing teachers to work until they are 68 and beyond is a very bad idea.

“Just because other workers in the public and private sectors are having their pensions squeezed is no justification for attacking teachers’ pensions.

“This can only result in a race to the bottom which is in nobody’s interest. A decent standard of living in retirement should be a basic a human right and the hallmark of a civilised society. We need fair pensions for all instead of an explosion of pensioner poverty.

“So our members are absolutely right to stand up for education and send a clear message that we won’t let this happen.”

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3:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

I'm a parent and I don't sympathise.

Good pay, great hols, good pension etc etc they are not entitled to special treatment. Everyone has been suffering, they are not exempt.
I'm a parent and I don't sympathise. Good pay, great hols, good pension etc etc they are not entitled to special treatment. Everyone has been suffering, they are not exempt. Bluelizzy
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4:29pm Thu 27 Mar 14

burner says...

Says the Union that calls a number of strikes, ignoring the MAJORITY of its members, but hides behind the ballot box where only 27% actually voted !
Says the Union that calls a number of strikes, ignoring the MAJORITY of its members, but hides behind the ballot box where only 27% actually voted ! burner
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

oh the poor teachers! i laff in your face!
oh the poor teachers! i laff in your face! DoggydogNo1
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6:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

turbo5 says...

Oh dear they are delusional about that as well as being the most hard working people on the planet, If you listen to them you wouldn't think anybody else in the country worked.
Oh dear they are delusional about that as well as being the most hard working people on the planet, If you listen to them you wouldn't think anybody else in the country worked. turbo5
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

pwitch says...

Well they would say that wouldn't they! I agree that Gove does not appear to be the best Education Minister but did the teachers ask the parents about this situation or do they 'know best' as usual?
Well they would say that wouldn't they! I agree that Gove does not appear to be the best Education Minister but did the teachers ask the parents about this situation or do they 'know best' as usual? pwitch
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6:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Timefor says...

What I do support is anyone prepared to stand up to these bullies masquerading as our government. Arguments such as that made by Bluelizzy are, frankly, a sad reflection of our times. Wouldn't a better course of action be for us all to enjoy great benefits and conditions in our working lives? Surely, that is worth fighting for.

Perhaps the problem is that no party and few unions are doing enough to challenge the central economic direction of the government, whose effect is to create greater inequality and poverty in our society and force all public services into the hands of the private sector. I suspect that I am not alone when I say that, I for one, want to live in a decent society which ensures that there is no destitution or poverty, where we pay taxes to get education, health and social security among many other public services.
What I do support is anyone prepared to stand up to these bullies masquerading as our government. Arguments such as that made by Bluelizzy are, frankly, a sad reflection of our times. Wouldn't a better course of action be for us all to enjoy great benefits and conditions in our working lives? Surely, that is worth fighting for. Perhaps the problem is that no party and few unions are doing enough to challenge the central economic direction of the government, whose effect is to create greater inequality and poverty in our society and force all public services into the hands of the private sector. I suspect that I am not alone when I say that, I for one, want to live in a decent society which ensures that there is no destitution or poverty, where we pay taxes to get education, health and social security among many other public services. Timefor
  • Score: 3

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