Teachers to strike next week disrupting schools in Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Epping Forest

This Is Local London: The National Union of Teachers will strike next week. The National Union of Teachers will strike next week.

Teachers are set to strike next week, disrupting schools across Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Epping Forest.

The National Union of Teachers said its members in England and Wales will be involved in action next Thursday.

Four schools in Redbridge have already confirmed they will be closed on July 10, including Goodmayes Primary in Castleton Road, Ilford, Gordon Infants in Rolfe Road, Ilford, John Bramston Primary in Newcastle Avenue, Ilford and Manford Primary in Manford Way, Hainault.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "The Government is still failing to make progress on our trade dispute over teachers' pay, pensions and workload.

"The talks are still only about the implementation of Government policies, not about the fundamental issues we believe to be detrimental to education and the profession.

"For teachers, performance related pay, working until 68 for a full pension and heavy workload for 60 hours a week, is unsustainable.

"This action is the responsibility of a Government and Education Secretary who are refusing point blank to accept the damage their reforms are doing to the teaching profession.

"The consequences of turning teaching into a totally unattractive career choice will most certainly lead to teacher shortages."

An Education Department spokesperson said: "There is no justification for further strikes. The unions asked for talks, we agreed to their request and talks are ongoing. Ministers have also met frequently with the unions and will continue to do so.

"Further strike action will only disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."

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8:29am Wed 2 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Any old excuse for days off again.
Any old excuse for days off again. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -9

10:17am Wed 2 Jul 14

Thunderbird4 says...

This sounds like a recipe to demoralise the older, experienced teachers and force them out to bring in new, younger, cheaper teachers, who will have no experience or older teachers around them, to gain insight and knowledge from.

The sooner the UK is out of the EU, the sooner long working hours and complete destruction of any type of workers union, for fair working conditions, will take place.

Isn't working for 60 hours a week, illegal, under EU regulations?

http://www.theguardi
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UKIP, Tories, Liberals and New Labour - they are all in it together.
This sounds like a recipe to demoralise the older, experienced teachers and force them out to bring in new, younger, cheaper teachers, who will have no experience or older teachers around them, to gain insight and knowledge from. The sooner the UK is out of the EU, the sooner long working hours and complete destruction of any type of workers union, for fair working conditions, will take place. Isn't working for 60 hours a week, illegal, under EU regulations? http://www.theguardi an.com/news/datablog /2011/dec/08/europe- working-hours UKIP, Tories, Liberals and New Labour - they are all in it together. Thunderbird4
  • Score: -3

10:18am Wed 2 Jul 14

The man who fell to Earth. says...

Working 'till 68 for full pension, heavy workload, 60 hours a week, welcome to the real world!
Performance related pay is needed to sort out the weak & poor teachers that have blighted the system for generations.
Good teachers will thrive, the rest will have to find another job.

Those that can, do, those that can't, teach...........
Working 'till 68 for full pension, heavy workload, 60 hours a week, welcome to the real world! Performance related pay is needed to sort out the weak & poor teachers that have blighted the system for generations. Good teachers will thrive, the rest will have to find another job. Those that can, do, those that can't, teach........... The man who fell to Earth.
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Wed 2 Jul 14

eyesay says...

In my experience, a lot of teachers already work for years beyond retirement age , and continue to work until they feel that they can no longer have the energy or level of fitness to give the children the quality of education they have a right to expect.
It's a big mistake to force anyone to work beyond their capabilities , regardless of their occupation. We should be bringing standards up for everyone, not bring them down to the lowest level. Support the teachers in their quest for what is fair and seek the same for yourselves through your own unions ... that's what they're there for.
In my experience, a lot of teachers already work for years beyond retirement age , and continue to work until they feel that they can no longer have the energy or level of fitness to give the children the quality of education they have a right to expect. It's a big mistake to force anyone to work beyond their capabilities , regardless of their occupation. We should be bringing standards up for everyone, not bring them down to the lowest level. Support the teachers in their quest for what is fair and seek the same for yourselves through your own unions ... that's what they're there for. eyesay
  • Score: -1

12:05am Thu 3 Jul 14

Robert19 says...

The man who fell to Earth. wrote:
Working 'till 68 for full pension, heavy workload, 60 hours a week, welcome to the real world!
Performance related pay is needed to sort out the weak & poor teachers that have blighted the system for generations.
Good teachers will thrive, the rest will have to find another job.

Those that can, do, those that can't, teach...........
Not sure what you are saying. Do you then advocate everyone should work until they are 68 and work 60 hours a week? The real world I hope not. Also a gross insult to teachers who presumably taught you to write - even such mean spirited sentences as yours. I prefer to remember the teachers who inspired me.
[quote][p][bold]The man who fell to Earth.[/bold] wrote: Working 'till 68 for full pension, heavy workload, 60 hours a week, welcome to the real world! Performance related pay is needed to sort out the weak & poor teachers that have blighted the system for generations. Good teachers will thrive, the rest will have to find another job. Those that can, do, those that can't, teach...........[/p][/quote]Not sure what you are saying. Do you then advocate everyone should work until they are 68 and work 60 hours a week? The real world I hope not. Also a gross insult to teachers who presumably taught you to write - even such mean spirited sentences as yours. I prefer to remember the teachers who inspired me. Robert19
  • Score: 6

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