So June 30th has finally arrived, a day of strikes for many teachers in the UK. Some of you fully support the strike, some of you are entirely against it and some of you are following the direction set out by your union, unsure of your own stance… I thought it would be interested to gather together a range of views about why people were or weren’t striking. Please add your voice by commenting below or tweeting me @creativeedu
I’m on strike because….
jackieschneider I’m on strike because that’s what my union voted for & I’m a democrat
Baggiepr I’m on strike because the government wants to break it’s contract with me over my pension No teacher likes closing schools but no one else is going to speak up for us Ed Milliband and balls made that clear – read more on my blog
flintworks .I’m on strike because pay freezes and pension contribution increases don’t work well together
MisterG I am on strike, despite the fact I’d rather teach Y12. But I am in a Union, and agreed to their policies. School is closed
pipkinzoo I’m on strike because my union has voted that way and called me out. If I didn’t agree I would have changed union to avoid it
jodieworld I’m on strike because it’s the only option we have to say NO to the big boss Gove. If I could talk to him instead I would.
myhanhdoan I am strike to make a stand in protection of our pensions and expectation to work longer for less.
I’m Not on strike because….
JfB57 I’m not on strike because ‘ve worked in the private sector & know what it is like to have poor pensions, prospects & no respect!
mrgpg I’m not on strike because I believe that teaching should be apolitical, union free and a vocation – not about the benefits.
TeechGeek: I’m NOT on strike because I have just completed my PGCE and on hols until 4th September. Will be on the streets though
Elmlea1981 I’m not on strike as my union NASUWT are taking alternative action against the govt plans
BrightAire We’re a hard working family. That’s why I’ll be striking to protect yours & my livelihood & education from government. Attacks
reallara I’m really torn as don’t want to strike and wish there was another way to actually be listened to.
Carlosophy I’m not on strike because…. I’m a ruthless supply teacher taking advantage of the absences.
DeputyMitchell I’m not striking because I’m in the NAHT. Heathfield is closed to pupils though.
ElKel99 I’m not on strike as not in a striking union but have to take my children to work with me as their teachers are!
agittner I’m not striking as I am in the NASUWT but wish that I was. I think a totally collective response would have been so powerful
coope83 I’m NOT on strike because the time isn’t right- negotiations are ongoing. I have full support for my colleagues who are on strike and I’m in no doubt that we will be joining them soon
ErinMorleyS I’m NOT on strike because… I’m on sick leave! I’d rather be on strike!!
Elmlea1981: I’m not on strike because I’m NASUWT however our school is closed for children because most other teachers are NUT
jamxmitchell: I would be on strike because of the damage Gove is doing to my children, not the pain he’s causing to my purse. However I’m a member of the NASUWT
frogphilp I’m not on strike because I’m in the NASUWT. Nuff said.
TimothyRaybould I’m not on strike because I’m not in NUT or ATL. Does militant action work? Point gets across, but makes important people angry.
RichMiller66 I’m not on strike because I’m half way through a Y7 trip to Hadrian’s Wall but I would otherwise be out today
reddeviljp I let my colleagues lose a day’s pay whilst I gain from their sacrifice.”
AdiNotNow NOT on strike because my union has yet to decide when to get off the fence.
ianaddison I’m not striking because no one else in my school is and I don’t think 1 day off will make any difference to the government
teachingofsci I’m not on strike because my union is waiting for more information – perhaps they’re more optimistic about government than NUT/ATL
Are you on strike? Why / Why not? Please add your voice to the discussion.