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Do you think teacher strikes are justified? We hear your views.
THOUSANDS of pupils are off school today as teachers across the News Shopper area went on strike.
The walk out is being led by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters’ Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).
Together, the NUT and NASUWT represent 85 per cent of teachers.
The strike is over a dispute with the government about workload, bureaucracy, changes to teachers' pay and pensions and job cuts.
Reporter TIANA ASHFORTH-GRAHAM asked shoppers this morning whether think thought the strike was justified.
Debbie Day, 38, of Queensway, Petts Wood said: "I don’t think it’s fair. I would get fined for taking my kids out of school if I wanted to take them on a family holiday.
"I don’t really think they deserve a pay rise.
"It’s not an easy job but there are worse jobs that are lower paid."
James Williams, 40, of Petts Wood Cafe, Petts Wood said: "Stop whinging, teachers earn enough money and spend half the day doing nothing.
"I work seven days a week and I don’t get half of what they get. Get on with it."
Allen Jackson, 58, of Rayfield Close, Petts Wood said: "They have to fight for their rights.
"What they have to go through with kids these days is ridiculous.
"MPs have taken all the power away from teachers - it’s not right.
"Kids are arrogant now; they know they can get away with this and that."
Dorita Sampedro, 68, of Ash Road, Orpington said: "It’s effecting the children’s education.
"My granddaughter started a new school today and she’s off tomorrow.
"Surely teachers know what they are getting into when they first enter the profession?"
Clare Griffiths, 32, of Blackbrook Lane, Bickley said: "I think it is fair. I don’t think it’s right the cost of living is increasing but their wages are not."
Mark Towell, 49, of Riverside Close, St Paul’s Cray said: "I sympathise with the teachers. I think everybody feels the same, whether they work in the private or public sector.
"We’d all like to go on strike to demand higher wages that match the rising cost of living.
"However, that’s not possible; the whole country would come to a standstill."
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