Strike hits schools and services in Worcestershire

Worcester News: Firefighters are among the workers going on strike in Worcestershire today. Firefighters are among the workers going on strike in Worcestershire today.

SERVICES in Worcestershire could be disrupted today with some workers set to walk out in a dispute over pensions, pay and working conditions.

Teachers, civil servants and some care workers are among those who could walk out.

Worcestershire County Council says it is expecting some disruption.

Currently, a number of services are being affected by the strike action, including some bus routes, schools and library closures.

Schools

Aston Fields Middle School - Full closure
Bayton CE Primary School - Full closure
Burlish Park Primary School - Nursery and reception classes are closed to pupils. The language unit is closed to pupils Class 1C is closed to pupils. All other pupils should be in school
Catshill Middle School - Full closure
Chadsgrove School & Specialist Sports College - 2LS pm, 4LS, 6LS, 8LS, 11US, 12US, 13US, plus 2 from 14US, 1 from 10US and 1 from 3LS
Crown Meadow First School & Nursery - Only Classes 3, 7, 9 not in school today.
Fairfield First School, Bromsgrove - Full closure
Fladbury CE First School - Closed only to ELM class - if sports day goes ahead on Tuesday 8th July, then Elm class will be closed on Thursday 10. If however, sports day goes ahead on reserve date (July 10) Elm children should come to school as normal. School will then be closed for them from 1pm.
Grove Primary School - Nursery, Year 3/4 class, Year 4 class and Year 5/6 class are the only classes not open due to strike action
Holyoakes Field First School - School will only be open to Maple and Willow. All other classes and nursery will be closed
Newbridge School - Full closure
North Bromsgrove High School - Only open to sixth form
Offmore Primary School - All classes except 1DH will be open as normal
Pitcheroak School - Full closure
Pitmaston Primary School - Class 2GR is closed
Regency High School - Sixteen out of seventeen classes affected by the closure; one class will continue in school as normal as the strike does not impact on them
Ridgeway Middle School - Open for new intake of current Year 4 pupils moving in to Year 5 in September 2014. Closed for current Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7. Current Year 8 will be attending transition at their new High School.
Rigby Hall School - A letter and text will be sent to parents to notify them which classes this will affect
Roman Way First School - Full closure
Rushwick CE Primary School - Reception children not to attend school on this day. School open only for Years 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 - On Thursday 10th July our school will be disrupted as a result of the shared industrial action between the NUT, Unison, Unite, PCS, FBU and the GMB and unions. On this day: • The Reception aged children cannot attend school on this day due to a lack of appropriate staffing ratios available in school on this day. • The school will remain open for Years 1 (including for those in Class Kestrel), Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will be expected in school as normal. • Hot dinners will be unavailable but a packed lunch will be provided for those who have ordered a meal. • The school office will only open be open for emergencies. • School will end promptly at 3.15pm with no school run afterschool clubs operating. • Magic Moments beore and after school club will be open as usual.
St Clement's CE Primary School - Full closure
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Malvern - Class 4 only will be closed. All other classes remain open
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Worcester - School closed to year groups 3, 4 & 6. Open for Year groups Reception, 1, 2 and 5. - School closed to year groups 3, 4 & 6. Open for Year groups Reception, 1, 2 and 5.
Swan Lane First School - Industrial action by Teachers and Teaching Assistants - Only Year 2 and Year 3 pupils to attend school
The Kingfisher School - Full clsoure
Trinity High School & Sixth Form Centre - School closed to Year 9 only, Years 10 and 12 as normal Year 8 transition day as normal - School closed to Year 9 only School open for Years 10 and 12
Upton Snodsbury CE First School - Year Reception and Year 1 not in school
Westacre Middle School - Westacre Middle School will be closed to Year 7 pupils only. School is open to all Year 5 and 6 pupils.

Firefighters

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will be operating a reduced service between 10am and 7pm.

Bus Services

The below services are current affected:

W1 – running with slightly reduced service (Missed times 7:50,8:20,9:00,9:45,10:15,10:45,12:00,12:45,13:15,13:45,15:00,15:40,16:20,17:00,17:45)
W3 – reduced service
Droitwich (17,18,19 & 20) – Out of Ombersley St East – 17 at 10:30; 18 at 12:23; 19A at 10:44 and 13:44; 19C at 12:00 and 15:00; 20 at 11:10 and 14:10

Services 350, 354 and 355 are running normally

Passengers are advised to check before travelling.

Library Closures

Libraries in Tenbury, Stourport and St John's in Worcester will be closed today.

To renew or reserve items visit worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries.

The Hive's Archive and Archaeology original documents service

It will not be possible for customers to access the original documents on Thursday, July 10.

However all other Hive services are open as usual from 8.30am to 10pm including all archive self-service resources.

If you are planning a visit today check with staff at archive@worcestershire.gov.uk.

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8:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

Redhillman says...

What makes the public sector think they're above everyone else and can hold the country to ransom, affect services and people's livelihoods and disrupt their life, just because they're not getting what they think they deserve? Their wages are generally higher than similar of equivalent posts in the private sector and while their pensions have been affected, the return on these will still be a **** sight more rewarding than private sector policies or personal plans. They should be grateful they even have a pay increase, whatever the rate is, while many people in the private sector haven't even been offered a rise for years, while some have even taken a cut to keep their jobs, but they just knuckle down and get on with things and don't strike, grateful they even have a job and have a salary they can take home. And to say they're worth the extra money and that to retain quality staff in the public sector, they need to be paid more is utter nonsense. They're no better qualified, competent or harder working than employees in the private sector while the majority of public sector workers don't care about their roles or the quality of services, they're just there to earn large salaries and they want more. And there's no chance they'd move to the private sector if their demands aren't met because of the lower salaries, perks and benefits available compared to what they earn now.
What makes the public sector think they're above everyone else and can hold the country to ransom, affect services and people's livelihoods and disrupt their life, just because they're not getting what they think they deserve? Their wages are generally higher than similar of equivalent posts in the private sector and while their pensions have been affected, the return on these will still be a **** sight more rewarding than private sector policies or personal plans. They should be grateful they even have a pay increase, whatever the rate is, while many people in the private sector haven't even been offered a rise for years, while some have even taken a cut to keep their jobs, but they just knuckle down and get on with things and don't strike, grateful they even have a job and have a salary they can take home. And to say they're worth the extra money and that to retain quality staff in the public sector, they need to be paid more is utter nonsense. They're no better qualified, competent or harder working than employees in the private sector while the majority of public sector workers don't care about their roles or the quality of services, they're just there to earn large salaries and they want more. And there's no chance they'd move to the private sector if their demands aren't met because of the lower salaries, perks and benefits available compared to what they earn now. Redhillman
  • Score: -9

8:26am Thu 10 Jul 14

Redhillman says...

What makes the public sector think they're above everyone else and can hold the country to ransom, affect services and people's livelihoods and disrupt their life, just because they're not getting what they think they deserve? Their wages are generally higher than similar of equivalent posts in the private sector and while their pensions have been affected, the return on these will still be a **** sight more rewarding than private sector policies or personal plans. They should be grateful they even have a pay increase, whatever the rate is, while many people in the private sector haven't even been offered a rise for years, while some have even taken a cut to keep their jobs, but they just knuckle down and get on with things and don't strike, grateful they even have a job and have a salary they can take home. And to say they're worth the extra money and that to retain quality staff in the public sector, they need to be paid more is utter nonsense. They're no better qualified, competent or harder working than employees in the private sector while the majority of public sector workers don't care about their roles or the quality of services, they're just there to earn large salaries and they want more. And there's no chance they'd move to the private sector if their demands aren't met because of the lower salaries, perks and benefits available compared to what they earn now.
What makes the public sector think they're above everyone else and can hold the country to ransom, affect services and people's livelihoods and disrupt their life, just because they're not getting what they think they deserve? Their wages are generally higher than similar of equivalent posts in the private sector and while their pensions have been affected, the return on these will still be a **** sight more rewarding than private sector policies or personal plans. They should be grateful they even have a pay increase, whatever the rate is, while many people in the private sector haven't even been offered a rise for years, while some have even taken a cut to keep their jobs, but they just knuckle down and get on with things and don't strike, grateful they even have a job and have a salary they can take home. And to say they're worth the extra money and that to retain quality staff in the public sector, they need to be paid more is utter nonsense. They're no better qualified, competent or harder working than employees in the private sector while the majority of public sector workers don't care about their roles or the quality of services, they're just there to earn large salaries and they want more. And there's no chance they'd move to the private sector if their demands aren't met because of the lower salaries, perks and benefits available compared to what they earn now. Redhillman
  • Score: 5

9:09am Thu 10 Jul 14

gemma6 says...

Redhillman, people in the public sector do not necessarily earn more than those in the private sector. I, for one, earned considerably more in the private sector than I do now in the public. There were also lots of perks and benefits that I no longer have. However, I love my job and I feel it is far more worthwhile than anything I did for a private company.
Redhillman, people in the public sector do not necessarily earn more than those in the private sector. I, for one, earned considerably more in the private sector than I do now in the public. There were also lots of perks and benefits that I no longer have. However, I love my job and I feel it is far more worthwhile than anything I did for a private company. gemma6
  • Score: 14

9:15am Thu 10 Jul 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.
I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always. Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: -4

9:23am Thu 10 Jul 14

May_Flower says...

Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.
Actually the teachers will lose a day's pay if they are on strike and if any lessons are missed they will work hard to make sure that the children do not miss out and fall behind. Their beef is not with the children, or even the school, it is with the government and the way they are ruining the children's education and making teacher's jobs extremely stressful.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.[/p][/quote]Actually the teachers will lose a day's pay if they are on strike and if any lessons are missed they will work hard to make sure that the children do not miss out and fall behind. Their beef is not with the children, or even the school, it is with the government and the way they are ruining the children's education and making teacher's jobs extremely stressful. May_Flower
  • Score: 10

10:13am Thu 10 Jul 14

,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[] says...

My bin was not emptied yesterday and they were not on strike
My bin was not emptied yesterday and they were not on strike ,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[]
  • Score: -5

11:15am Thu 10 Jul 14

thompson9100 says...

@RedHillMan - Unions don't just operate in the public sector. GMB, CWU & Unite, to name but a few, all operate in the private sector too. If you feel so embittered by public sector staff organising themselves effectively to stand up for their rights, then maybe you should seek out your union? I too have worked in the private sector as well as (now) in the public sector, and I got paid more for the job I did than I do now - though they are similar, because my role is with the emergency services it is so much more stressful, demanding, and working around the clock (not just the 7am to 11pm i did before). I love my job on the telephones now, much more than I did in the private sector, and that makes it for me - it's a vocation, but that doesn't mean we should stand for being treated poorly, having unfair pay terms imposed, etc, etc. What you also don't see is the amount of people in the public sector who've lost their jobs, or have taken jobs at a much lower pay grade just to stay in work due to the massive cutbacks in government funding. All of us in the public sector are facing this worry every day - "are we next for the chop?". Do you face that on a daily basis in the private sector as a rule, rather than an exception? Unless you have poor contracts or your business is failing, I can't imagine so.
@RedHillMan - Unions don't just operate in the public sector. GMB, CWU & Unite, to name but a few, all operate in the private sector too. If you feel so embittered by public sector staff organising themselves effectively to stand up for their rights, then maybe you should seek out your union? I too have worked in the private sector as well as (now) in the public sector, and I got paid more for the job I did than I do now - though they are similar, because my role is with the emergency services it is so much more stressful, demanding, and working around the clock (not just the 7am to 11pm i did before). I love my job on the telephones now, much more than I did in the private sector, and that makes it for me - it's a vocation, but that doesn't mean we should stand for being treated poorly, having unfair pay terms imposed, etc, etc. What you also don't see is the amount of people in the public sector who've lost their jobs, or have taken jobs at a much lower pay grade just to stay in work due to the massive cutbacks in government funding. All of us in the public sector are facing this worry every day - "are we next for the chop?". Do you face that on a daily basis in the private sector as a rule, rather than an exception? Unless you have poor contracts or your business is failing, I can't imagine so. thompson9100
  • Score: 5

11:23am Thu 10 Jul 14

thompson9100 says...

I'd like to point out also that I am not on strike today, though I stand in solidarity will my brothers and sisters who are. I wish I was on strike in one way because I feel so strongly about the damage that is being done to our public services - the backbone of Britain since the second world war that makes us stand out against almost every other country - something as a nation we are and should be proud of. The NHS (headlines today suggesting in 10 years you'll have to pay for it at point of use); Council services - such as bin collections (cut any more from councils and you'll be paying for these too); statutory care provision - the way things are going people will be left to rot; out of work support - soon to be re-named and branded "the workhouse". Need I go on? People in the public sector unions don't just fight for pay, they fight for fair provision and funding of public services, they fight against zero hours contracts, they fight for care provision, and the rights of carers, for equality, for safety, and many other things that we all take for granted. Don't sit there and moan about what services are being eroded away, how things are worse now than they were, get active, get involved, and shout your decent from the rooftops. Join with like minded people in your union, local political party, or national group and stand up for what is right.
I'd like to point out also that I am not on strike today, though I stand in solidarity will my brothers and sisters who are. I wish I was on strike in one way because I feel so strongly about the damage that is being done to our public services - the backbone of Britain since the second world war that makes us stand out against almost every other country - something as a nation we are and should be proud of. The NHS (headlines today suggesting in 10 years you'll have to pay for it at point of use); Council services - such as bin collections (cut any more from councils and you'll be paying for these too); statutory care provision - the way things are going people will be left to rot; out of work support - soon to be re-named and branded "the workhouse". Need I go on? People in the public sector unions don't just fight for pay, they fight for fair provision and funding of public services, they fight against zero hours contracts, they fight for care provision, and the rights of carers, for equality, for safety, and many other things that we all take for granted. Don't sit there and moan about what services are being eroded away, how things are worse now than they were, get active, get involved, and shout your decent from the rooftops. Join with like minded people in your union, local political party, or national group and stand up for what is right. thompson9100
  • Score: -2

11:57am Thu 10 Jul 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

May_Flower wrote:
Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.
Actually the teachers will lose a day's pay if they are on strike and if any lessons are missed they will work hard to make sure that the children do not miss out and fall behind. Their beef is not with the children, or even the school, it is with the government and the way they are ruining the children's education and making teacher's jobs extremely stressful.
So striking isn't also helping to ruin the education? I hope they lose more than a day's pay and I also think that they should do an extra day for free to make up the day lost to the pupils. Teaching has always been stressful to some extent, if you don't want, or can't cope with some stress, don't go into teaching, get a nice cosy little number in a knit-wear factory or something.
[quote][p][bold]May_Flower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.[/p][/quote]Actually the teachers will lose a day's pay if they are on strike and if any lessons are missed they will work hard to make sure that the children do not miss out and fall behind. Their beef is not with the children, or even the school, it is with the government and the way they are ruining the children's education and making teacher's jobs extremely stressful.[/p][/quote]So striking isn't also helping to ruin the education? I hope they lose more than a day's pay and I also think that they should do an extra day for free to make up the day lost to the pupils. Teaching has always been stressful to some extent, if you don't want, or can't cope with some stress, don't go into teaching, get a nice cosy little number in a knit-wear factory or something. Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

The Provincial Vindicator says...

Shouldn't those who are on strike actually be manning the picket lines instead of sitting at home on their computers down-voting any hint of criticism of their actions (however reasoned and though out it may be).

I'd wager most of those who did vote for a strike have taken the opportunity of a free day to go shopping or sit in the pub all day (after going out on the lash last night as they knew they wouldn't be working today).
Shouldn't those who are on strike actually be manning the picket lines instead of sitting at home on their computers down-voting any hint of criticism of their actions (however reasoned and though out it may be). I'd wager most of those who did vote for a strike have taken the opportunity of a free day to go shopping or sit in the pub all day (after going out on the lash last night as they knew they wouldn't be working today). The Provincial Vindicator
  • Score: 10

2:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

roary01 says...

If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one
If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one roary01
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

May_Flower says...

Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
May_Flower wrote:
Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.
Actually the teachers will lose a day's pay if they are on strike and if any lessons are missed they will work hard to make sure that the children do not miss out and fall behind. Their beef is not with the children, or even the school, it is with the government and the way they are ruining the children's education and making teacher's jobs extremely stressful.
So striking isn't also helping to ruin the education? I hope they lose more than a day's pay and I also think that they should do an extra day for free to make up the day lost to the pupils. Teaching has always been stressful to some extent, if you don't want, or can't cope with some stress, don't go into teaching, get a nice cosy little number in a knit-wear factory or something.
Undoubtedly a day out of school will have an impact on the pupils and their week at school. However some would argue that the impact of Michael Gove changing goalpoasts and curriculum specifications halfway thorough a term is worse.
A lot of teachers are opting for voting with their feet for an easier less stressful life, and it is a shame as they may be good teachers driven out of the profession by bureaucracy.

It's a difficult situation, and probably won't be resolved by a few lefties like me commenting on a news report wishing that things were nicer!

Let's hope that all gets resolved as quickly and professionally as possible. The priority is that our children get the best and most consistent education possible, and they can only do this if we have good teachers and let them do their job.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]May_Flower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: I presume that an extra day will be tagged on to the end of the term so that the pupils can get their full education for the year? Along with no extra pay for the teachers. Shame on them, want want want, as always.[/p][/quote]Actually the teachers will lose a day's pay if they are on strike and if any lessons are missed they will work hard to make sure that the children do not miss out and fall behind. Their beef is not with the children, or even the school, it is with the government and the way they are ruining the children's education and making teacher's jobs extremely stressful.[/p][/quote]So striking isn't also helping to ruin the education? I hope they lose more than a day's pay and I also think that they should do an extra day for free to make up the day lost to the pupils. Teaching has always been stressful to some extent, if you don't want, or can't cope with some stress, don't go into teaching, get a nice cosy little number in a knit-wear factory or something.[/p][/quote]Undoubtedly a day out of school will have an impact on the pupils and their week at school. However some would argue that the impact of Michael Gove changing goalpoasts and curriculum specifications halfway thorough a term is worse. A lot of teachers are opting for voting with their feet for an easier less stressful life, and it is a shame as they may be good teachers driven out of the profession by bureaucracy. It's a difficult situation, and probably won't be resolved by a few lefties like me commenting on a news report wishing that things were nicer! Let's hope that all gets resolved as quickly and professionally as possible. The priority is that our children get the best and most consistent education possible, and they can only do this if we have good teachers and let them do their job. May_Flower
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Swearyknitter says...

roary01 wrote:
If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one
It's 'their'.

I knew there would be some idiots commenting on how thoughtless the striking teachers are. You do know they are doing it for the benefit of the people they teach, right? Pay peanuts, you get monkeys, then there would be outrage at the level of education. You can't have it all ways.

Also, check out the demonstrations across the country if you believe teachers saw this as a 'day off'. They are DEFENDING education.
[quote][p][bold]roary01[/bold] wrote: If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one[/p][/quote]It's 'their'. I knew there would be some idiots commenting on how thoughtless the striking teachers are. You do know they are doing it for the benefit of the people they teach, right? Pay peanuts, you get monkeys, then there would be outrage at the level of education. You can't have it all ways. Also, check out the demonstrations across the country if you believe teachers saw this as a 'day off'. They are DEFENDING education. Swearyknitter
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Thu 10 Jul 14

truth must out says...

roary01 wrote:
If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one
Wake up and smell the coffee.........also check out your spelling and grammar!!
[quote][p][bold]roary01[/bold] wrote: If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one[/p][/quote]Wake up and smell the coffee.........also check out your spelling and grammar!! truth must out
  • Score: -2

6:16pm Thu 10 Jul 14

THE FACTS says...

The first poster here was and is spot on. Yes there will be some exceptions but the average gov office worker does nothing is paid more than the same private sector job with a **** sight better pension.

The reason there are so many in the public sector is it was a means to buy votes through union funded employment...we all know that
The first poster here was and is spot on. Yes there will be some exceptions but the average gov office worker does nothing is paid more than the same private sector job with a **** sight better pension. The reason there are so many in the public sector is it was a means to buy votes through union funded employment...we all know that THE FACTS
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

truth must out says...

roary01 wrote:
If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one
Wake up and smell the coffee.........also check out your spelling and grammar!!
[quote][p][bold]roary01[/bold] wrote: If they are not happy with there job with ridiculous holidays and guaranteed pension which is far more than most people could ever get they should get a new one[/p][/quote]Wake up and smell the coffee.........also check out your spelling and grammar!! truth must out
  • Score: -2

8:18pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Small Town says...

Get back to work!

Tea drinking, flexi-time enjoying, lazy, good for little else, over paid, under employed, work shy fops.
Get back to work! Tea drinking, flexi-time enjoying, lazy, good for little else, over paid, under employed, work shy fops. Small Town
  • Score: -1

8:42pm Thu 10 Jul 14

uncivil says...

If people don't stand up for them selves we would all be on zero hours contracts. It just so happens that Public sector workers can enjoy the solidarity to strike. I would wager that many in the private sector would love to have a voice but with poor labour laws they dare not. Still many of your comments seem to welcome 18th century style labour laws. Why have public sector teachers. If you can't afford an education send children up chimneys or down the pits. I hear you say.
If people don't stand up for them selves we would all be on zero hours contracts. It just so happens that Public sector workers can enjoy the solidarity to strike. I would wager that many in the private sector would love to have a voice but with poor labour laws they dare not. Still many of your comments seem to welcome 18th century style labour laws. Why have public sector teachers. If you can't afford an education send children up chimneys or down the pits. I hear you say. uncivil
  • Score: -1

9:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer65 says...

If the average worker got the same % pay rise as MPs, Councillors, Senior Managers, and worst of all bankers, strikes would never happen. Sorry it's late and I need to get back to cloud-cuckoo land, and dream of the impossible.
If the average worker got the same % pay rise as MPs, Councillors, Senior Managers, and worst of all bankers, strikes would never happen. Sorry it's late and I need to get back to cloud-cuckoo land, and dream of the impossible. sensiblegeezer65
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Perfman says...

thompson9100 wrote:
I'd like to point out also that I am not on strike today, though I stand in solidarity will my brothers and sisters who are. I wish I was on strike in one way because I feel so strongly about the damage that is being done to our public services - the backbone of Britain since the second world war that makes us stand out against almost every other country - something as a nation we are and should be proud of. The NHS (headlines today suggesting in 10 years you'll have to pay for it at point of use); Council services - such as bin collections (cut any more from councils and you'll be paying for these too); statutory care provision - the way things are going people will be left to rot; out of work support - soon to be re-named and branded "the workhouse". Need I go on? People in the public sector unions don't just fight for pay, they fight for fair provision and funding of public services, they fight against zero hours contracts, they fight for care provision, and the rights of carers, for equality, for safety, and many other things that we all take for granted. Don't sit there and moan about what services are being eroded away, how things are worse now than they were, get active, get involved, and shout your decent from the rooftops. Join with like minded people in your union, local political party, or national group and stand up for what is right.
Lets see - I pay for the NHS through my taxes and use it for 'real' reasons not just because I have a cold or I so **** I can't look after myself. Council Services, that'll be council tax - yep I pay that now and it include bins. I pay for insurance to cover me for those unexpected issues - like critical illness, unemployment - basically I take care of most of my own issues and do not rely 100% on the state to look after me. If I can't afford something I go without!
[quote][p][bold]thompson9100[/bold] wrote: I'd like to point out also that I am not on strike today, though I stand in solidarity will my brothers and sisters who are. I wish I was on strike in one way because I feel so strongly about the damage that is being done to our public services - the backbone of Britain since the second world war that makes us stand out against almost every other country - something as a nation we are and should be proud of. The NHS (headlines today suggesting in 10 years you'll have to pay for it at point of use); Council services - such as bin collections (cut any more from councils and you'll be paying for these too); statutory care provision - the way things are going people will be left to rot; out of work support - soon to be re-named and branded "the workhouse". Need I go on? People in the public sector unions don't just fight for pay, they fight for fair provision and funding of public services, they fight against zero hours contracts, they fight for care provision, and the rights of carers, for equality, for safety, and many other things that we all take for granted. Don't sit there and moan about what services are being eroded away, how things are worse now than they were, get active, get involved, and shout your decent from the rooftops. Join with like minded people in your union, local political party, or national group and stand up for what is right.[/p][/quote]Lets see - I pay for the NHS through my taxes and use it for 'real' reasons not just because I have a cold or I so **** I can't look after myself. Council Services, that'll be council tax - yep I pay that now and it include bins. I pay for insurance to cover me for those unexpected issues - like critical illness, unemployment - basically I take care of most of my own issues and do not rely 100% on the state to look after me. If I can't afford something I go without! Perfman
  • Score: 5

11:01am Sun 13 Jul 14

uptonX says...

"thompson9100 wrote:
I'd like to point out also that I am not on strike today, though I stand in solidarity will my brothers and sisters who are. I wish I was on strike in one way because I feel so strongly... blah blah blah left wing political rant..."

I stand in solidarity with my brothers in the Peoples Front of Judia
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=gb_qHP7V
aZE
"thompson9100 wrote: I'd like to point out also that I am not on strike today, though I stand in solidarity will my brothers and sisters who are. I wish I was on strike in one way because I feel so strongly... blah blah blah left wing political rant..." I stand in solidarity with my brothers in the Peoples Front of Judia https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=gb_qHP7V aZE uptonX
  • Score: -1

5:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

DeBrian Thronker says...

The only strike needed here is a lightning strike. Hopefully one will hit the whole lot of them and burn them to a crisp.
The only strike needed here is a lightning strike. Hopefully one will hit the whole lot of them and burn them to a crisp. DeBrian Thronker
  • Score: 0
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