More schools in Oxfordshire say they will close over strike action

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MORE schools have confirmed they will be closed for strike action next week.

The Mail reported on Tuesday that the 278 schools across Oxfordshire would be affected by strikes on Thursday, October 17.

Today, Larkrise Primary School in East Oxford, Bayards Hill Primary School in Barton, St Nicolas' Church of England Primary School in Abingdon, St John's Catholic Primary School in Banbury, and Long Furlong Primary School in Abingdon have joined the list of closures.

Mabel Prichard School in Blackbird Leys and The Warriner School in Bloxham had already confirmed part closures.

Some schools may not be able to confirm closures until the day.

Teachers will hold industrial action in response to pay and pension changes proposed.

The strike has been organised by the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Woman Teachers.

To check the list of closures, go to oxfordshire.gov.uk

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9:07am Wed 9 Oct 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

That should help the traffic flow well.

Then the state schools are off on holiday for the week commencing 28th October.
That should help the traffic flow well. Then the state schools are off on holiday for the week commencing 28th October. Andrew:Oxford
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10:30am Wed 9 Oct 13

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

So correct me if Im wrong... Teachers are striking becaue they dont like the idea of Performance Related pay.. Talk about looking after your own, I am amazed that a Trade Union for a profession that exists to apparently educate our kids in a school is happy to protect poor teachers by allowing them to be paid the same as excellent teachers. Get real, in the private sector, you are paid and renumerated based on your ability and rewarded for excellence.
So correct me if Im wrong... Teachers are striking becaue they dont like the idea of Performance Related pay.. Talk about looking after your own, I am amazed that a Trade Union for a profession that exists to apparently educate our kids in a school is happy to protect poor teachers by allowing them to be paid the same as excellent teachers. Get real, in the private sector, you are paid and renumerated based on your ability and rewarded for excellence. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -110

2:13pm Wed 9 Oct 13

CAMBERWELLCARROT says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
So correct me if Im wrong... Teachers are striking becaue they dont like the idea of Performance Related pay.. Talk about looking after your own, I am amazed that a Trade Union for a profession that exists to apparently educate our kids in a school is happy to protect poor teachers by allowing them to be paid the same as excellent teachers. Get real, in the private sector, you are paid and renumerated based on your ability and rewarded for excellence.
Unfortunately teachers have no choice of pension provider, unlike us "getting real" in the private sector. The amount of money that is in the fund is put there by the teachers out of their pay and the government not only think that it is ok that they effectively syphon that off - they also force the them to work years longer to get it. If the Government wants to save money, howabout having public services like the NHS only available to those who have contributed via their National Insurance/ income tax.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: So correct me if Im wrong... Teachers are striking becaue they dont like the idea of Performance Related pay.. Talk about looking after your own, I am amazed that a Trade Union for a profession that exists to apparently educate our kids in a school is happy to protect poor teachers by allowing them to be paid the same as excellent teachers. Get real, in the private sector, you are paid and renumerated based on your ability and rewarded for excellence.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately teachers have no choice of pension provider, unlike us "getting real" in the private sector. The amount of money that is in the fund is put there by the teachers out of their pay and the government not only think that it is ok that they effectively syphon that off - they also force the them to work years longer to get it. If the Government wants to save money, howabout having public services like the NHS only available to those who have contributed via their National Insurance/ income tax. CAMBERWELLCARROT
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5:10pm Wed 9 Oct 13

Andrew on the S3 says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
So correct me if Im wrong... Teachers are striking becaue they dont like the idea of Performance Related pay.. Talk about looking after your own, I am amazed that a Trade Union for a profession that exists to apparently educate our kids in a school is happy to protect poor teachers by allowing them to be paid the same as excellent teachers. Get real, in the private sector, you are paid and renumerated based on your ability and rewarded for excellence.
Yep, the good old private sector. Is that the one that used to employ 10 year old kids to go up chimneys, or the one where mill and factory owners employed (owned) people to work 12 hours a day 6 days a week with no holidays. I will bet that you would like a return to those good old days. But those same Trade Unions that you disparage above, changed all that. The teachers have a contract that they fulfil, but The Government does not want to fulfil their part. If a teacher does not fulfil their contract then they can be sacked, but when the government welshes on their side, then there is only one option open after talks have finished, and that is to strike.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: So correct me if Im wrong... Teachers are striking becaue they dont like the idea of Performance Related pay.. Talk about looking after your own, I am amazed that a Trade Union for a profession that exists to apparently educate our kids in a school is happy to protect poor teachers by allowing them to be paid the same as excellent teachers. Get real, in the private sector, you are paid and renumerated based on your ability and rewarded for excellence.[/p][/quote]Yep, the good old private sector. Is that the one that used to employ 10 year old kids to go up chimneys, or the one where mill and factory owners employed (owned) people to work 12 hours a day 6 days a week with no holidays. I will bet that you would like a return to those good old days. But those same Trade Unions that you disparage above, changed all that. The teachers have a contract that they fulfil, but The Government does not want to fulfil their part. If a teacher does not fulfil their contract then they can be sacked, but when the government welshes on their side, then there is only one option open after talks have finished, and that is to strike. Andrew on the S3
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1:19am Thu 10 Oct 13

bicesterlady says...

I don't agree with the strike but respect the teachers right to strike & show their dissatisfaction. I don't think it will achieve anything though.

What really aggrieves me is that some schools can't say if they are striking until the day. That's really helpful, not. Won't change the outcome of strikes but really makes it harder for working parents to plan.
I don't agree with the strike but respect the teachers right to strike & show their dissatisfaction. I don't think it will achieve anything though. What really aggrieves me is that some schools can't say if they are striking until the day. That's really helpful, not. Won't change the outcome of strikes but really makes it harder for working parents to plan. bicesterlady
  • Score: 1

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