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.