Many of our younger readers will remember when teachers have gone on strike before, and many others will remember the large amount of news coverage that this kind of strike has had in the past. Previous strikes by teachers have proved troublesome for students and parents alike, with parents having to take time off work to care for their child.
Strikes by teachers used to be few and far between, but they have recently been on the increase. This Friday, teachers have voted to strike again over pay and working conditions. The teachers also say that they are tired of being constantly undermined by the government who attack them politically on an almost daily basis.
In response to the strike vote, the Department of Education confirmed that this strike action would cause a major disruption to both children’s education and a parents work, and they also said that they are extremely disappointed that the vote has gone this way.
Although the Department of Education disagree with their approach, it is extremely unlikely that their comments will make any difference to the decision to take strike action, as comments such as these have not made much difference on past occasions.
I think that although it may be true that the government are wearing away at teachers salaries and benefits, a strike is not the solution as people have lost their jobs due to government job cuts. They still have their jobs, and if they feel that their pay is not sufficient they should take their grievances to the government through the proper channels.
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