Bury teachers strike and march over 'intolerable pressures' from government

Bury Times: The Bury NUT members march through Manchester The Bury NUT members march through Manchester

TEACHERS in Bury are calling on the government to address “intolerable pressures” after taking part in a mass walkout which saw schools shut to children.

Helen Andrews, secretary of the Bury branch of the National Union of Teachers, said teachers were suffering from exhaustion, low morale and fear.

Last Wednesday, local teachers joined hundreds from across the region for a march through central Manchester to voice their anger against Education Secretary Michael Gove.

They said the pressures from government included having to “play a game” for Ofsted, constant changes to the curriculum, and bureaucracy taking them away from the classroom.

Bury primary school teacher Elaine Sindall said: “It is very difficult for teachers to go on strike.

“I don’t want to be here, I want to be in the classroom teaching.

“Our workload has increased. We have more paperwork, none of which is nothing to do with teaching. We want to teach.”

She added: “I know it is a cliche but the message is — let us teach.”

The national body of the NUT warned that it will stage more walkouts if progress is not made in the bitter dispute over terms and conditions.

Mrs Andrews said: “Bury teachers were ‘Standing Up For Education’ as they marched through Manchester.

“Many NUT members from Bury schools — from primary and secondary, from the sixth form college, and from support services — joined hundreds of teachers from across Greater Manchester.

“Teachers love teaching but are crushed by the long hours and stifling accountability regime.

“The rate at which teachers are leaving the profession, 40 per cent in their first five years, demonstrates that the current pressures are intolerable.

“Teachers cannot teach until they are 68.

“Exhaustion, low morale and fear are bad for education.”

She added: “As a matter of urgency the government must engage in serious talks to address the very real concerns of teachers.”

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9:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Babbar Divino says...

Police Officers have to complete endless amounts of paperwork. Police Officers just want to Police. You don't see them on strike?
Police Officers have to complete endless amounts of paperwork. Police Officers just want to Police. You don't see them on strike? Babbar Divino
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9:13am Thu 10 Apr 14

DGower says...

That's probably because the police are not allowed to strike in this country, you pratt.
If they were allowed to, I'm sure they would. Unless you are a teacher who can comment on the issues facing the profession, don't bother.
That's probably because the police are not allowed to strike in this country, you pratt. If they were allowed to, I'm sure they would. Unless you are a teacher who can comment on the issues facing the profession, don't bother. DGower
  • Score: 1

4:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Diogenes2 says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
Police Officers have to complete endless amounts of paperwork. Police Officers just want to Police. You don't see them on strike?
I normally totally agree with Babbar Divino, but on this occasion I do not.
For all people, if they can read or write, thank a teacher!
Teachers these days have so much interference from the government, and the pressure on teachers are incredible. Most teachers do a fantastic work: they are social workers, educators and police officers all rolled into one. There salaries should reflect these the assets, but, of course, their salaries are oly middle of the road salary-wise.
I respect most teachers. Pity that the government does not.
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: Police Officers have to complete endless amounts of paperwork. Police Officers just want to Police. You don't see them on strike?[/p][/quote]I normally totally agree with Babbar Divino, but on this occasion I do not. For all people, if they can read or write, thank a teacher! Teachers these days have so much interference from the government, and the pressure on teachers are incredible. Most teachers do a fantastic work: they are social workers, educators and police officers all rolled into one. There salaries should reflect these the assets, but, of course, their salaries are oly middle of the road salary-wise. I respect most teachers. Pity that the government does not. Diogenes2
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4:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

Diogenes2 wrote:
Babbar Divino wrote:
Police Officers have to complete endless amounts of paperwork. Police Officers just want to Police. You don't see them on strike?
I normally totally agree with Babbar Divino, but on this occasion I do not.
For all people, if they can read or write, thank a teacher!
Teachers these days have so much interference from the government, and the pressure on teachers are incredible. Most teachers do a fantastic work: they are social workers, educators and police officers all rolled into one. There salaries should reflect these the assets, but, of course, their salaries are oly middle of the road salary-wise.
I respect most teachers. Pity that the government does not.
I echo these sentiments.
Most teachers do a wonderful job. day in, day out.
They entered a proud profession, but the current government treats the professionals as amateurs, will poor salaries and terrible conditions.
[quote][p][bold]Diogenes2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: Police Officers have to complete endless amounts of paperwork. Police Officers just want to Police. You don't see them on strike?[/p][/quote]I normally totally agree with Babbar Divino, but on this occasion I do not. For all people, if they can read or write, thank a teacher! Teachers these days have so much interference from the government, and the pressure on teachers are incredible. Most teachers do a fantastic work: they are social workers, educators and police officers all rolled into one. There salaries should reflect these the assets, but, of course, their salaries are oly middle of the road salary-wise. I respect most teachers. Pity that the government does not.[/p][/quote]I echo these sentiments. Most teachers do a wonderful job. day in, day out. They entered a proud profession, but the current government treats the professionals as amateurs, will poor salaries and terrible conditions. T'Marcus
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12:25pm Fri 11 Apr 14

shakencity says...

Teachers get a decent salary, so don't give me that. Just wish i, along with the majority of other workers, got the same holiday entitlement they get every year.
How many other professions effect every household as much as the teaching one, when they do things like this?

At the end of the 6wk holiday break, they even have the cheek to throw in an extra days leave, to have a "training day"......you've just been off for 6wks for gods sake, have it in there somewhere.
No sympathy, get back to work like the rest of us.
Teachers get a decent salary, so don't give me that. Just wish i, along with the majority of other workers, got the same holiday entitlement they get every year. How many other professions effect every household as much as the teaching one, when they do things like this? At the end of the 6wk holiday break, they even have the cheek to throw in an extra days leave, to have a "training day"......you've just been off for 6wks for gods sake, have it in there somewhere. No sympathy, get back to work like the rest of us. shakencity
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4:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

shakencity wrote:
Teachers get a decent salary, so don't give me that. Just wish i, along with the majority of other workers, got the same holiday entitlement they get every year.
How many other professions effect every household as much as the teaching one, when they do things like this?

At the end of the 6wk holiday break, they even have the cheek to throw in an extra days leave, to have a "training day"......you've just been off for 6wks for gods sake, have it in there somewhere.
No sympathy, get back to work like the rest of us.
"Training days" were introduced by the Thatcher and these days were part of a teachers' holiday entitlement.
Decent salaries? Are you real?
Teachers are professionals, by their raining, education, and, of course, their calling.
Other professionals rely on the training, dedication and their education.
As some one said, if you can read, write or tell the time, thank a teacher!
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Teachers get a decent salary, so don't give me that. Just wish i, along with the majority of other workers, got the same holiday entitlement they get every year. How many other professions effect every household as much as the teaching one, when they do things like this? At the end of the 6wk holiday break, they even have the cheek to throw in an extra days leave, to have a "training day"......you've just been off for 6wks for gods sake, have it in there somewhere. No sympathy, get back to work like the rest of us.[/p][/quote]"Training days" were introduced by the Thatcher and these days were part of a teachers' holiday entitlement. Decent salaries? Are you real? Teachers are professionals, by their raining, education, and, of course, their calling. Other professionals rely on the training, dedication and their education. As some one said, if you can read, write or tell the time, thank a teacher! T'Marcus
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7:14am Mon 14 Apr 14

shakencity says...

Parents have to do as much teaching nowadays (ok, not literally), judging by the amount of work kids have to do at home.....and i don't just mean homework.

Teacher training/Poling days, etc, etc......and how many days off do teachers get a year?........they're getting another 10 days now.
Out of interest Marcus what is the "holiday entitlement" of a teacher these days, considering the National average is probably around 25?

Teachers do get well paid and if you don't think they do Marcus, then all i can assume is you must do very well for yourself (and fair play if you do).
Parents have to do as much teaching nowadays (ok, not literally), judging by the amount of work kids have to do at home.....and i don't just mean homework. Teacher training/Poling days, etc, etc......and how many days off do teachers get a year?........they're getting another 10 days now. Out of interest Marcus what is the "holiday entitlement" of a teacher these days, considering the National average is probably around 25? Teachers do get well paid and if you don't think they do Marcus, then all i can assume is you must do very well for yourself (and fair play if you do). shakencity
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