Now as parents I am sure many of us are aware of the fact thousands of teachers will be on strike on Thursday. But I’m sure plenty of people aren’t aware of why. Well as the Guardian put it “Teachers and lecturers are protesting against proposed pension changes, which they say will lead to them working longer, paying in more and receiving less when they retire.”.
Being a parent I can respect the fact that it is an inconvenience for many parents who are having to arrange extra childcare or take time off work, yes its a pain in the arse there is no denying that. But put yourself in the teachers shoes. Looks a bit different then doesn’t it?
My Mum is a teacher, and also an early years co-ordinator meaning she is part of the senior management team. Initially when I asked her if she was striking there was a firm yes. However last week their headteacher made it clear she wasn’t happy with peoples plans to strike and a number of teachers, my Mum included decided against striking. However I’ve got to say kudos to the one teacher who has said she is still striking. After all it is a right that we have as humans to strike and it is ONE DAY! So all those people spouting rubbish about “It affects my childs education” no it doesn’t! It affects it no more than an inset day or when they have a day off sick! Its one day, not a whole week they are going on strike for!
Next term preschooler starts school and it is looking likely that there will be more strikes on the same subject in the coming months and most likely preschooler will end up having to have a day or two off, will I get upset that one day out of the week where he has to be at home? No! Because these teachers have the right to protest against these changes. They have a right to take action en mass and to make a point to the government. If they didn’t and they just sit back and do nothing they are going to be worse off for it! Would you just sit back and do nothing if it was you? Probably not! So don’t be angry at the teachers for standing up for themselves and their rights, just like you would do!