|Christine Blower - NUT|
I, like many other parents across the borough, received a letter from the headteacher of our kids’ school this afternoon saying basically that they had no choice but to close.
Interestingly the headteacher didn’t confirm whether or not they themselves would be going on strike, just that there were health & safety concerns. Hm.
So there we have it folks – those struggling to get by in the rapidly shrinking private sector, those looking over their own shoulders in the public sector and others who are either without work or self-employed will have to take a day out so that the teachers can strike about their pensions not being big enough.
Here’s Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, speaking to the BBC in June ahead of the strike vote:
"It is disgraceful that the government is pressing ahead with its reforms which will affect teachers' pensions.So pay up Government, so that the rest of us without good public sector pensions can get back to work, or looking for work.
"The government knows that they are affordable. This is a policy which has nothing to do with economics and everything to do with politics.”