Strike Stress

Teachers Strike: Wendy Acres, Amelia Snelson and Charlotte Moore.
Teachers Strike: Wendy Acres, Amelia Snelson and Charlotte Moore.

Angry parents had to fork out for extra childcare costs this week as teachers staged a one-day strike, forcing some Eastwood and Kimberley schools to close.

Eastwood Comprehensive, The Kimberley School and Larkfield Infants in Nuthall shut completely while others partially closed because of the controversial action.

Members of the two biggest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT, staged the walkout on Tuesday over pay, pensions, workloads and curriculum reforms.

Many took part in rallies in major cities, including one in Nottingham city centre.

But some parents of kids at Larkfields Infants said teachers should be grateful they had jobs.

Kerry Thompson, 33, said: “I was angry about it. I had to get someone in to care for my little one so I had extra childcare costs. I think there’s no excuse for it. They get enough holidays. People should think themselves lucky they’ve got jobs these days.”

Another mum, Laura Brooks, said: “When you are only told (about a school closing), just a couple of days before it’s a huge inconvenience.

“I understand doctors and nurses striking, but with teachers it makes me angry.”

Charlotte Moore said striking should be a ‘very last resort’.

“I had to get one of my staff to cover for me so I could have the day off.”

Another parent said she had to take her daughter to work with her for the day.

The strike was part of a national day of action, which also stood against Government reforms, such as the scrapping of the requirement for teachers to be qualified.

Ivan Wels, from the Nottinghamshire branch of the NUT, said: “This action was the last resort.

“Teachers are professionals and they should be listened to. We hope the Government takes notice of this action.”

A teacher said: “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 benefit children.”