Friday, January 25, 2008

A struck record

Breaking the hiatus for a tick (whilst I have a cup of tea and a cigarette), I see that teachers are possibly going on strike for more pay.
The National Union of Teachers is to ballot its members in England and Wales on a one-day strike over pay.

The government has offered a rise of 2.45% per cent this year, and 2.3% in each of the following two years.

The union says the figure is below inflation as measured by the Retail Prices Index which is currently at 4%.

The government says the award was recommended by an independent pay review body, and that a strike would only disrupt children's learning.

Really? I doubt that the strike will make one iota of difference to the attainment levels of the children. In other words, their education is crap and another day of not being in schools will probably make them brighter.

As for the teachers, fuck 'em. As Snafu points out...
Will teachers be striking for better pay during their six week summer holiday, one of three week long half-term holidays or during the two weeks holiday both at Christmas and Easter!?!

Look, guys, the cupboard is bare: you can strike all you like but there's no fucking money left, OK? You've had it all already.

As a matter of fact, the whole situation is comparable to the dilemma that Councillor Gavin Ayling faced recently.
Tuesday was a Council committee meeting of the Housing and Central Services committee. And an entirely frustrating rubber-stamping exercise it was. All of the decisions we had to make were no-brainers: Increase Council home rents because the government’s slapping us with a negative subsidy or (you’ll love this) burn our reserves and increase them by even more next year? I think you’ll agree there’s no choice.

Well, you might think so, Gav, but there is a choice: and Gordon Brown has, over the last ten years, taken the wrong one, i.e. he decided to burn the reserves.

Because he's a massive, monocular, Scottish cock.


Tomrat247 said...

I had to actually explain this to my wife, a newly qualified teacher, t'other night - she'd received a letter from her union chumps stating planned strike action at the pay rise and she was wondering what all the fuss was about - I then explained that whilst her wage was indeed going up by 2% the cost of living was increasing at over double the rate - BTW does anyone know whether this change in the CPI includes all these EU proposals and costs that will be rinsed through the power companies to look like their costs? In which this is about to increase even further.
Naturally she was angry at this but then explained that I hadn't had a wage increase this year and that my company was starting to shrink; she doesn't have that type of issue to contend with and massive holidays to boot. I then mentioned that what that shower of a union should be doing is campaigning for financing changes to liberalise the education market and for greater powers to penalise families for raising unruly children. She's starting to melt away from the group-think mentality due to the dissolution and observation that money ISNT solving these problems.

Matthew Revell said...

Isn't there a third option for councils facing reduced central gov. settlements? Rather than burn reserves or raise more tax/increase charges, couldn't they just stop spending so much money?

Before anyone argues that's too simplistic, take a look at Hammersmith and Fulham's example.

Soddball said...

IIRC teacher salaries have risen by 40% since 1997, 10% above the rate of inflation. Nice if you can get it, I suppose.

Budgie said...

Brown has made an almighty mess of the economy. But he uses Northern Rock as a smokescreen for his own incompetence.

When growth was 3% and inflation 1.5% there was real expansion of 1.5%.

But now with predicted growth of 1.5% and inflation looking like 4% - 7%, GDP will shrink by up to 5%. Bummer.

thud said...

I have 2 family members training to be teachers at present...both know they have a good deal pay and terms wise.Both have no interest in union...I think quite a few young teachers think likewise...perhaps nut days are numbered?

DocBud said...

The kids will still all get A grades, they'd get them if the teachers went on strike all year.

Anonymous said...

The point that really matters is that adds up to more bad news for the one eyed twat

Anonymous said...

The only effect teachers' strikes will have is on middle class parents' child care arrangements.

Working class parents don't bother and upper class ones have Ukrainian au pairs.

At least the teachers called time on the CPI and referenced their pay claim to RPI. Which is closer to the real rate of inflation.

Gavin Ayling said...

Matthew Revell, I think I should make it quite clear that we are saving literally massive amounts of money, but there's only so much you can stop spending before the government fines you for not providing services, revokes 'subsidies' for good performance or imposes brand new duties that inevitably cost money.

This year we would be able, as a Council, to increase Council Tax by 0% but the government has seen fit to charge us an inappropriate amount for nationwide bus fares while simultaneously telling us to increase some fees.

Also, as a point of clarification, revenue from Council Home rents must be kept in a separate account so even though we must increase our rents, it does not subsidise the Council Tax payer.