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Parents prepare for disruption as hundreds of Gloucestershire teachers will strike over pay tomorrow

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

A total of 14 schools will be shut altogether and a further 35 partially closed across Gloucestershire tomorrow

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PARENTS have prepared for disruption as hundreds of teachers and public sector staff across Gloucestershire will go on strike due to an ongoing dispute over pay and pensions tomorrow.

Union members are walking out in support of industrial action as anger is growing over the 2010 pay freeze and the one per cap that was imposed two years ago.

A total of 14 schools will be shut altogether and a further 35 partially closed as a result of action by the NUT (National Union of Teachers) which says it is unfair that members should pay more towards their pensions, work longer hours but receive less when they retire.

Parents have taken to social networking website Facebook to vent their frustration that their children are losing a school day.

Trace Lapsley said: “They are quick enough to fine parents for taking kids out of school. Where’s the logic? What about the working parents who have to take a day off to look after them and lose a day’s pay?”

Teaching assistant Caroline Wilson said she is striking because her boss does not have the power to award her a pay rise.

“The point is to cause disruption so that people who don’t work in schools can see how needed we are. We are the poorest paid in the public sector and 77 per cent of us are women,” she said. “And the holidays we have are all unpaid.”

Taking into account the effect of inflation, local government and school workers claim to have suffered a real-term pay cut of almost 20 per cent since 2011.

A week of further strikes are planned by members of the Fire Brigades Union from Monday.

Gloucester City Council said bin men and street sweepers are employed by contractors Amey and will not be affected by the strikes.

Peter Rowland, headteacher at Severn Vale School, in Quedgeley, said: “Any disruption to children’s education is regrettable but people actually feel they can benefit them in the longer term by standing up for what they believe in.”

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  • Apothegm_  |  July 10 2014, 5:21PM

    I made my comment as a public service to those who did not want to become inadvertently contaminated by sensationalist right-wing propaganda!

  • IsitJimKerr  |  July 10 2014, 10:55AM

    Apo.....why so negative? Sure, it's a link to MoL, is that a problem? It tells of the employment situation as it is, but it also says about the downsides. Unfortunately, under many Govts. our education system has failed our children. But it's not only this that is at fault. We have higher rate of teenage pregnancy in the Western world, and more absentee fathers than other countries. Consequently, we have an ever increasing underclass. I was stuck behind a youngster on a scooter last night. He was only doing 20mph in a 30. He was permanently looking to his left, not looking at the road, and was almost riding side saddle. Fearing he would crash in front of me, I overtook him, still at less than 30. I had to brake at the roundabout, and he came up behind and alongside, with a tirade of abuse and four letter words. I just smiled, and thought 'what goes around.......................' But this incident is indicative of the future we face, with feral youths, with no attachments except to 'soshal meja' or their scooters will be sponging off the state, as no-one will give them a job. So bosses that want to keep their business going will recruit those with a work ethic, and if they are foreign, then lets not complain too loud when housing costs go sky high because our own can't afford the prices. Teachers think they know how to teach, but in many cases, they don't want to. Like any organisation, the leaders direct, the managers manage, and the workers work.

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  • Lecorche  |  July 10 2014, 10:06AM

    This is just what our crooked government wants . A distraction to enable them to hide imminent legislation that will make "Big Brother" seem like a philanthropist. Surveillance of us by them has been declared illegal and now they're going to rewrite the laws to spy on us. Note that these are the same people that "lost" the Pedo Files of Westminster's denizens and are now putting up one of their own to investigate themselves. You couldn't make it up and I haven't. At risk of being accused of sedition,I offer you a link to a bit of privacy. http://tinyurl.com/7fjohpn Burn this disk and use it as a live medium to browse the internet and emails. If I find a way to block the bleeders from listening to our telephones,I'll post that asap.

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  • Apothegm_  |  July 10 2014, 7:52AM

    Warning! The previous link is to the Mail Online.

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  • MrGarnet  |  July 10 2014, 12:01AM