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Ipswich: Strike action is a ‘small price to pay’, says NUT as teachers prepare for national walkout on March 26

11:53 20 March 2014

Teachers are preparing for national walkout on March 26

Teachers are preparing for national walkout on March 26

Teachers in Ipswich have hit out at what they say are “attacks on the education system” by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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The town’s association of the National Union of Teachers will be taking part in a nationwide strike on March 26.

They will also be handing out leaflets outside Boots in the town centre on Saturday between 11am and 1pm.

It is in support of the Stand up for Education campaign.

Vice-president of the Ipswich association, Andrew Rowe, said: “Ultimately, disrupting a days education is a small price to pay for the long-term damage that is being inflicted on our education system by Michael Gove and the coalition government.

“This is an issue that should concern everyone.

“Our children deserve enthusiastic, energetic teachers, not overworked and stressed ones.

“Michael Gove has consistently failed to meet with the NUT to listen to our concerns and so we are reluctantly taking strike action in order to show him that teachers have had enough of his attacks on them and the education system.”

Among the chief concerns held by the NUT are the potential for free schools and academies to recruit unqualified teachers and that there are not enough new teachers to go around.

The Ipswich association says not only is morale among teachers “plummeting” but their workload has increased, while two in five leave the profession after just five years.

Curriculum changes and the need for new schools are also key concerns.

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20 comments

  • Teachers' performance is closely monitored. Strike action is a last resort and is not often very successful these days. A far more effective tactic is simply to work to contract as suggested by Kieron Harris in his book "Conservatism". For all those choosing to criticise teachers for exercising their right to withdraw their labour, take a look at your pay, your terms and conditions and if you're not happy with them, get organised and do something about it instead of moaning on a comments forum.

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    BigGeoff

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Can we clear up this 'fining parents' issue which always comes up. That is a GOVERNMENT policy, and not one most teachers support - we sympathise with the high cost of holidays! We are striking, mainly, because Gove's policies are damaging children's education. As teachers we won't stand by and watch that happen without a fight.

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    Jon Bear

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Ok, so ofsted have said the educational results are poor, and that special measures are being imposed in certain areas. This certainly doesn't warrant a pay rise?! if you failed to meet objectives in the private sector you would be rewarded by a disciplinary hearing! Quite simply, let them strike and then knock a weeks salary off their wages for causing huge inconvenience. These are actions of individuals who influence our legacy, certainly not good role models. They need to be converted to academy's and run as businesses, they will soon realise such antics aren't accepted in private sector funded institutions.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • If teachers are serious about giving children the best education they can why don't they organise their protests during the long holidays rather than taking another (unpaid) day off? Education professionals are too ready to stop work and close schools given the slightest excuse, like bad weather or stopping activities for spurious reasons, such as flawed risk assessments, and often display poor judgement. How does a government justify fining parents for not sending children to school but doesn't fine teachers for closing schools? Rightly teachers do not get paid for taking strike action but shouldn't there be a penalty for the disruption they cause?

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Isn't it strange how a school can fine each parent for removing a child from school for unauthorised absence - all in the name of protecting the child's education, yet closing entire school to strike for their own purposes is classed as a small price to pay!

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    Karen Curd

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Lol @ Steve Blake.. Yes I made a mistake! Very much like yours "was on strike the day when rules of plurals was on the timetable!" **Grammar "were" on timetables. Think of your own "flawed" ability to comprehend English before offering critique Steve.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Can we clear up this 'fining parents' issue which always comes up. That is a GOVERNMENT policy, and not one most teachers support - we sympathise with the high cost of holidays! We are striking, mainly, because Gove's policies are damaging children's education. As teachers we won't stand by and watch that happen without a fight.

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    Jon Bear

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • 2 tickets & Steve it looks like handbags at dawn with you two,

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    pandy

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Isn't it strange how a school can fine each parent for removing a child from school for unauthorised absence - all in the name of protecting the child's education, yet closing entire school to strike for their own purposes is classed as a small price to pay!

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    Karen Curd

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I think the teachers should 'get real'.Decent salary,plenty of paid holiday,guaranteed pension and reasonable hours.Try driving a forklift for a 10 hour shift and getting a 7% pay cut and a union with no powers!

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    Atcoanimal

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I am not in favour of strikes but whilst the teachers are subject to Mr Gove's ridiculous leadership and OFSTEDS demands then there is bound to be disharmony. Its not all about teaching theses days its also about putting into place disciplines that are not taught at home which makes a teachers life hell at times Just glad I am not one of them

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    justine jester

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Typical out of touch union dinosaurs.

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    Sam

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Its the only industry where you can be poor at your job throughout your career and still get rewarded with a decent salary and fat pension. Teachers need to be accountable for their performance like the rest of us in the private sector. If we under perform then its out the door, this ethos needs to be brought into the public sector. I have no sympathy for them striking, get on with improving childrens lives, not trying to line your pockets and put everyone elses life into chaos.

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    Tedbundy

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Well said Disappointed.

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    David White

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • go on holiday in term time you get fined yet teachers can go on strike when they feel like it tuc says one day wont make any difference to the childrens education what a idiot ,

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    Derek Beaumont

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Our children also deserve teachers that a free thinking, and do not follow orders blindly from a union, who thinks c

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    Neil (Suffolk)

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Totally agree with the sentiment of the earlier posters - pay increases should only come from improved performance, not as an expected right. It is immensely persuasive if posters on here get their spelling and grammar correct. For example "academy's" should be academies. Perhaps the English teacher of "2 tickets" was on strike the day when rules of plurals was on the timetable!

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    Steve Blake

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • For me, until the TUC accept there are rubbish teachers being protected and teaching our children appallingly and the system does not allow them to be removed, I will not support any teachers strike. Bad teachers are moved to positions where they can do less damage, the unions protect them. This should be about the childrens rights to a decent education, not the teachers right to be in a job regardless of how bad they are.

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    disappointed

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • NUT (jobs) go on strike again.

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    Steve Froud

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Can we clear up this 'fining parents' issue which always comes up. That is a GOVERNMENT policy, and not one most teachers support - we sympathise with the high cost of holidays! We are striking, mainly, because Gove's policies are damaging children's education. As teachers we won't stand by and watch that happen without a fight.

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    Jon Bear

    Friday, March 21, 2014

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