Teacher union pleased with parents’ support for strikes

By Haitham Khayyat

Education union leaders in Essex say they are pleased with the level of support parents have given to striking teachers this week.

“There is a lot of support from parents for this action,” said Steve Townshend, an official of the North East Essex branch of the National Education Union. “The government is very unpopular. If the disruption continues they are aware that they will lose votes at the next election.

“I believe the government will offer a better deal than we have at present and, most importantly, will fully fund any offer.”
Townshend said that poor pay for teachers was causing big problems for schools. “Forty-four per cent of England’s state-school teachers plan to quit by 2027. Teachers cannot be recruited. One in eight secondary maths classes are taught by non maths specialists.”

The NEU has planned further strikes from 28 February to 2 March and more on 15-16 March.