Strike by Teachers Makes Students SufferAssociation of Educators
October 3, 2013 — 814 views
Students may love their occasional ‘skip-the-school-day’ but what do you call it when teachers collectively decide to do the same? Most of the times, it is called a strike. Thousands of teachers decided to be a part of a strike that lasted for a day in England. This strike was called out by the union of teachers in England to show their dismay over their working conditions and pensions.
This one-day strike affected four English regions and more than thousands of students who go to school across these regions. Many regional strikes by the industry have been seen in the past. This one is the latest and was planned by two of the major teaching unions of England, namely NASUWT and National Union of Teachers. This walkout by school teachers had an impact on around 50 local authorities of the East Midlands, East of England, West Midlands and Yorkshire, as well as Humberside.
The Fight Between Teachers and the Government
The Government is clearly not happy with this move and has called it to be ‘disappointing’. It is said that strikes by the teaching community are most unfortunate as thousands of students have to suffer because of them.
General Secretary of NASUWT, Chris Keates, said that a large number of teachers have shown their support for this strike. He further added that a strike is always the last resort taken by any union. The teaching union had no other option, but to go on a strike to show their frustration and anger after their genuine concerns were dismissed.
Christine Blower, general secretary of NUT said that teachers understand the difficulties that come up in the event of a strike. They do not take this action lightly. But, due to stubbornness of the Education Sectary, they were left with no other choice. Blower further added that the union cannot just stand there and watch the profession being systematically undermined and attacked. There is a necessity of bringing in a change in the attitude of the Government towards education and teachers.
A spokesperson from the Department of Education said that it is very disappointing to see NASUWT and NUT striking over Government’s measures to provide a higher pay to the teachers.
Effect of the Strike
The spokesperson further said that such strikes disturb the life of parents and also hold back the education of the students. Apart from that, they also hamper the reputation of this noble profession.