Teachers’ walkout closes 30 schools

1st October 2013.  Teachers strike rally in Victoria Gardens Leeds.
1st October 2013. Teachers strike rally in Victoria Gardens Leeds.

Parents have hit out at teachers who went out on strike this week — forcing almost 30 schools across the Ilkeston area to close to pupils.

Parents have hit out at teachers who went out on strike this week — forcing almost 30 schools across the Ilkeston area to close to pupils.

Members of the two biggest teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, took industrial action on Tuesday over pay, pensions and workloads.

Many took part in rallies in major cities.

But some local parents hit out at teachers who took part in the strike and vented their anger via the Advertiser’s Facebook page after we asked for their views.

Gemma Conway criticised ‘double standards’.

She said: “The only thing that bugs me about it is that if we keep our kids off to take then on holiday in term time then we get a fine, yet they can strike.

“Fair enough they have their reasons but some parents have reasons to keep kids off school.”

Andrew Elks posted: “It probably won’t change a thing, so why do it?

“Every teacher who has been on strike today is just showing kids that if you don’t like change then throw your toys out the pram and you’ll get what you want.”

But history teacher Brett Poland, responded saying: “The education minister is playing his political career on the future of our children and he has lost the confidence of academics, writers, head teachers and his own workforce, so why should we not stand up for our rights?

“This is not only pay and conditions but the constant changes which are politically motivated and do not to benefit children.”