LiveTeachers' strike in Gwent

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Summary

  • More than 40 Gwent secondary and primary schools shut
  • More than 100 partially closed
  • 13,000 Welsh members of NUT on strike
  • Dispute with UK Govt over performance-related pay and pensions
  • NUT members in England are also on strike

6:14pm

Are you a parent with school-age children in Gwent? How has today's strike affected you? Let us know by leaving a coment below.

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1:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Practicalmickey says

Strikes have such an impact on the country, in England parents are fined for taking their children out of School. Why can't they strike on a Saturday! I've had to take a day of work which I'll have to work back another day because I have no child care, this will mean the kids will miss their training on the weekend. Disgusting.

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12:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

-trigg- says

As a parent I would of course prefer my children to be in school today.

However, over and above that I would prefer my children to be taught by experienced and enthusiastic teachers. As pay and conditions deteriorate more and more decent teachers find jobs elsewhere meaning that we are left with less able staff and poorer standards of education all around.

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David Evans, Wales General secretary of the NUT:

 

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David Evans, Wales General secretary of the NUT:

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10:33am Wed 26 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says

Ollie254 wrote:
9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.
Good grief - get a grip. It's a one day strike. It's not as if it'll bring down civilisation as we know it.

But yes, you're right. How dare one of the last bastions of unionism in this country attempt to stand up for themselves.

As a parent, I support the strikes. I want the teachers of my children to be happy in their work. I want the education establishment to retain the best minds for the task. Seems strange to me that obscene salaries for senior civil servants can be justified on that basis, yet when the 'lower orders' flex their muscles to demand fair treatment, they get vilified.

Frankly, I don't think the NUT is going far enough to fight the teachers' corner - they could bring the country to its knees with sustained action.

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10:02am Wed 26 Mar 14

Ollie254 says

9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.

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Mr Hughes said that in countries with much-applauded education systems such as Canada and Finland, education is seen as too important for politicians to be allowed to "meddle".

9:46am

Brian Hughes, divisional secretary for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Cymru in Torfaen, said this generation of teachers are "the guardians of the profession" for the future when it comes to campaigning for better pay and conditions.

9:45am

More than 40 Gwent secondary and primary schools are shut today because of the strike with more than 100 partially closed.

9:41am

Free Press Series: Striking teachers have criticised the reforms of Education Secretary Michael Gove

Pupils suffer strike disruption

Pupils across England and Wales were facing disruption to lessons today as teachers joined rallies, marches and picket lines to protest against changes to their pay, pensions and working conditions.

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9:30am

See which schools are closed in Gwent here

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10:02am Wed 26 Mar 14

Ollie254 says...

9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.
9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset. Ollie254
  • Score: -4

10:33am Wed 26 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Ollie254 wrote:
9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.
Good grief - get a grip. It's a one day strike. It's not as if it'll bring down civilisation as we know it.

But yes, you're right. How dare one of the last bastions of unionism in this country attempt to stand up for themselves.

As a parent, I support the strikes. I want the teachers of my children to be happy in their work. I want the education establishment to retain the best minds for the task. Seems strange to me that obscene salaries for senior civil servants can be justified on that basis, yet when the 'lower orders' flex their muscles to demand fair treatment, they get vilified.

Frankly, I don't think the NUT is going far enough to fight the teachers' corner - they could bring the country to its knees with sustained action.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie254[/bold] wrote: 9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.[/p][/quote]Good grief - get a grip. It's a one day strike. It's not as if it'll bring down civilisation as we know it. But yes, you're right. How dare one of the last bastions of unionism in this country attempt to stand up for themselves. As a parent, I support the strikes. I want the teachers of my children to be happy in their work. I want the education establishment to retain the best minds for the task. Seems strange to me that obscene salaries for senior civil servants can be justified on that basis, yet when the 'lower orders' flex their muscles to demand fair treatment, they get vilified. Frankly, I don't think the NUT is going far enough to fight the teachers' corner - they could bring the country to its knees with sustained action. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 5

12:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

-trigg- says...

As a parent I would of course prefer my children to be in school today.

However, over and above that I would prefer my children to be taught by experienced and enthusiastic teachers. As pay and conditions deteriorate more and more decent teachers find jobs elsewhere meaning that we are left with less able staff and poorer standards of education all around.
As a parent I would of course prefer my children to be in school today. However, over and above that I would prefer my children to be taught by experienced and enthusiastic teachers. As pay and conditions deteriorate more and more decent teachers find jobs elsewhere meaning that we are left with less able staff and poorer standards of education all around. -trigg-
  • Score: 15

1:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Practicalmickey says...

Strikes have such an impact on the country, in England parents are fined for taking their children out of School. Why can't they strike on a Saturday! I've had to take a day of work which I'll have to work back another day because I have no child care, this will mean the kids will miss their training on the weekend. Disgusting.
Strikes have such an impact on the country, in England parents are fined for taking their children out of School. Why can't they strike on a Saturday! I've had to take a day of work which I'll have to work back another day because I have no child care, this will mean the kids will miss their training on the weekend. Disgusting. Practicalmickey
  • Score: -11

1:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Practicalmickey wrote:
Strikes have such an impact on the country, in England parents are fined for taking their children out of School. Why can't they strike on a Saturday! I've had to take a day of work which I'll have to work back another day because I have no child care, this will mean the kids will miss their training on the weekend. Disgusting.
Then why don't you side with the teachers in order to avoid this sort of thing happening again to a service you claim to rely on so heavily?

Sounds to me lik eyou take these people for granted and then turn on them when they have grievance. Pretty despicable behaviour if you ask me.
[quote][p][bold]Practicalmickey[/bold] wrote: Strikes have such an impact on the country, in England parents are fined for taking their children out of School. Why can't they strike on a Saturday! I've had to take a day of work which I'll have to work back another day because I have no child care, this will mean the kids will miss their training on the weekend. Disgusting.[/p][/quote]Then why don't you side with the teachers in order to avoid this sort of thing happening again to a service you claim to rely on so heavily? Sounds to me lik eyou take these people for granted and then turn on them when they have grievance. Pretty despicable behaviour if you ask me. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 10

2:24pm Wed 26 Mar 14

IheartGeneHunt says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
Ollie254 wrote:
9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.
Good grief - get a grip. It's a one day strike. It's not as if it'll bring down civilisation as we know it.

But yes, you're right. How dare one of the last bastions of unionism in this country attempt to stand up for themselves.

As a parent, I support the strikes. I want the teachers of my children to be happy in their work. I want the education establishment to retain the best minds for the task. Seems strange to me that obscene salaries for senior civil servants can be justified on that basis, yet when the 'lower orders' flex their muscles to demand fair treatment, they get vilified.

Frankly, I don't think the NUT is going far enough to fight the teachers' corner - they could bring the country to its knees with sustained action.
I would have more sympathy towards the teachers if they chose to hold a massive protest on one of their many holidays - during a half term, during a summer long break or even one of the many inset days. This would not inconvenience parents or cause parents to lose money if they need to take the day off and it would also show how much support the teachers are actually giving to their cause
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ollie254[/bold] wrote: 9.46 from Brian Hughes, NUT official......this generation of teachers are the guardians of the future re pay and conditions. No sign of the real important ones here then, I.e. The children and their educational attainment. It is sad when teachers place themselves above the pupils that they teach but gives an insight into the NUT mindset.[/p][/quote]Good grief - get a grip. It's a one day strike. It's not as if it'll bring down civilisation as we know it. But yes, you're right. How dare one of the last bastions of unionism in this country attempt to stand up for themselves. As a parent, I support the strikes. I want the teachers of my children to be happy in their work. I want the education establishment to retain the best minds for the task. Seems strange to me that obscene salaries for senior civil servants can be justified on that basis, yet when the 'lower orders' flex their muscles to demand fair treatment, they get vilified. Frankly, I don't think the NUT is going far enough to fight the teachers' corner - they could bring the country to its knees with sustained action.[/p][/quote]I would have more sympathy towards the teachers if they chose to hold a massive protest on one of their many holidays - during a half term, during a summer long break or even one of the many inset days. This would not inconvenience parents or cause parents to lose money if they need to take the day off and it would also show how much support the teachers are actually giving to their cause IheartGeneHunt
  • Score: -7

7:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

welshmen says...

A lot of our teachers are honest hard working people, who do a great job, even under great pressure from Adolf Grove, he is trying to pressure them into Progressive Liberals, they who embrace the Genocide of the White race in the UK and the EU, how can you accept 55 languages in Schools, our mother tongue English, and in that school is classed as a foreign Language, it's disgusting how this is allowed.

Islamic leaders in some Northern Schools tried to pressure head teachers into resigning when bombarding the School Governors with fictitious complaints so the Islamists could be put forward for Teachers, but this was found out and thankfully stopped, but at other schools this could already be in place.

How far are the indigenous kids going to lose out with all this overcrowding, the old Lib lefties may think this is ok, but this is OUR Country not the rest of the world's, they think it's their right to come here with no vote by the British people, we just have to except it, well Mr Cameron and the rest who think we are going to sit back and watch our Country disappear into a third world ghetto like Londonstan are in for a shock, it will cause massive civil unrest....When immigration is out of control as it is now causes hatred to raise it's ugly head, the Government need urgently to sort it out ASAP....Strikes only work when they make people suffer, the timing was correct and i hope the teachers get what they were promised in the first place not taken off them as Adolf Gove wants....
A lot of our teachers are honest hard working people, who do a great job, even under great pressure from Adolf Grove, he is trying to pressure them into Progressive Liberals, they who embrace the Genocide of the White race in the UK and the EU, how can you accept 55 languages in Schools, our mother tongue English, and in that school is classed as a foreign Language, it's disgusting how this is allowed. Islamic leaders in some Northern Schools tried to pressure head teachers into resigning when bombarding the School Governors with fictitious complaints so the Islamists could be put forward for Teachers, but this was found out and thankfully stopped, but at other schools this could already be in place. How far are the indigenous kids going to lose out with all this overcrowding, the old Lib lefties may think this is ok, but this is OUR Country not the rest of the world's, they think it's their right to come here with no vote by the British people, we just have to except it, well Mr Cameron and the rest who think we are going to sit back and watch our Country disappear into a third world ghetto like Londonstan are in for a shock, it will cause massive civil unrest....When immigration is out of control as it is now causes hatred to raise it's ugly head, the Government need urgently to sort it out ASAP....Strikes only work when they make people suffer, the timing was correct and i hope the teachers get what they were promised in the first place not taken off them as Adolf Gove wants.... welshmen
  • Score: -1

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