Surrey teachers threaten to strike

On Thursday the 30th of June, teachers in Surrey are joining thousands of others in England and Wales in a strike action protesting pension reforms.

A good number of schools in Horley, Salfords, Reigate, Redhill and Merstham are planning to close down for the day because union members are of the opinion that changes to the current scheme will only leave them working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.

Amongst other things, the coalition government is proposing payments towards pensions to rise; and there are suggestions that the figure could rise from 6.4 to 10 per cent.

Although the majority of teachers are supporting this move, there are those who feel that it is unnecessary. Becky, a teacher and mother who lives in Reigate thinks that the strike will affect academic plans and cause a setback to children’s development.

What about you, what do you think? Is the strike necessary, or, uncalled for?

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One Response to Surrey teachers threaten to strike

  1. Claire Pearson says:

    I’m pretty glad Thursday is not one of my working days. I’m a member of the NUT but didn’t vote for strike action. Having worked in a management capacity for many years before a change of career, striking isn’t part of my repertoire! I don’t like what the government is doing but I’m also realistic – there are real problems paying for pensions (largely thanks to Gordon Brown’s marauding policies a few years ago when he was chancellor) but striking rarely achieves what it wants and I’m a realist.

    I also, however, believe teachers have the right to strike – we work exceptionally hard, most of it unseen and many hours over our contracts in order to deliver exciting and interesting lessons which differentiate for the children in our care and we are still undervalued by most of society. For many, pensions are the last straw. I personally wouldn’t make that choice but that’s my choice.

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