The six unions, yes that’s right six for one profession, include the throwback National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)! Teaching is a noble profession, but the fact that it can’t organise itself, and get six down to a manageable one or two, is tragic. When it comes to unity, they’re famously fractious. It’s simple; one profession with one employer needs one union and fewer officials – net result, more collective bargaining power.
Just say NO
March is when the unions battle it out in a great ‘nay-fest’, where each tries to outdo the other in preposterous, self-serving propositions. You name it, they’re against it. This year they’re we’ve had rants against:
emails from parents
classes over 20
teacher performance appraisals
That last one’s an exaggeration, but not by much! They’re actually blaming parents for the stress they’re getting at work. I wonder where they stand on teachers as parents?
Lions led by donkeys
Most people see teachers as doing a good job, and we all understand the stresses and strains. However, most also see the massive holidays, job security, good pay and pension, as reasonable rewards. What many reasonable people resent is the constant carping and negativity, especially from the Easter union bash.
The only positive note was their threat to strike. However, unlike real unions, when it comes to the crunch, the middle-classes are rarely radical enough to forgo salary for principles. Strike action is something I’d admire – but its all jaw-jaw. With six unions, co-ordinated action is next to impossible. United they stand, divided they fall.