Teachers in Herefordshire join national strike action over pay dispute

UNISON members will be staging a rally tomorrow to highlight their low pay.

UNISON members will be staging a rally tomorrow to highlight their low pay.

First published in News
Last updated
Hereford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MANY teachers in the county will be striking tomorrow over a pay dispute – resulting in some schools being closed.

Brampton Abbotts Primary School, Broadlands Primary School, Fairfield High School and Trinity Primary School will all be shutting their doors.

Partial closures will also take place at St Mary's Primary School in Credenhill and Weobley Primary School.

Librarians will also be striking, meaning that there will be no services in Hereford or Belmont.

Herefordshire Council's parent partnership service at Franklin House will also be closed.

Picketing will take place at a number of places in Hereford, including Plough Lane, the Town Hall and the library, throughout the morning.

A rally will then be held at the Shirehall at midday.

David Stevens, branch secretary for UNISON in Herefordshire, said that the strike action is to highlight the 1% pay increase that workers have been offered.

"For these workers, the offer represents a real terms cut in basic pay of almost 20% since the coalition came to power," said Mr Stevens.

"This year's pay offer would see 90% of school and local government workers receive a further pay cut.

"More than 400,000 local government and school workers are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour and one million earn less than the coalition's low-pay threshold of £21,000."

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said the national strike action will be the biggest since the pensions dispute three years ago.

“Ministers praise public servants for their hard work and dedication but at the same time they are slashing their living standards," said Andrew Lloyd, midlands secretary for the PCS.

Comments (11)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:56pm Wed 9 Jul 14

jarvis 2 says...

these over paid **** need to live in the real world the private sector have had next to nothing for years and we pay the public sector
these over paid **** need to live in the real world the private sector have had next to nothing for years and we pay the public sector jarvis 2
  • Score: -12

11:48am Thu 10 Jul 14

jrl663 says...

they should all know what the pay and terms are when they sign on the dotted line. the choice can be made not to take the job, if they think that the pay is not worth their services, rather than trying to hold the government to ransom for more pay.
they should all know what the pay and terms are when they sign on the dotted line. the choice can be made not to take the job, if they think that the pay is not worth their services, rather than trying to hold the government to ransom for more pay. jrl663
  • Score: -11

12:56pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Moreteavicar? says...

"More than 400,000 local government and school workers are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour and one million earn less than the coalition's low-pay threshold of £21,000."

"over paid ****" ???
What part of this don't you understand?

And as to choice in taking the job the cuts apply to all, not just those joining.
"More than 400,000 local government and school workers are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour and one million earn less than the coalition's low-pay threshold of £21,000." "over paid ****" ??? What part of this don't you understand? And as to choice in taking the job the cuts apply to all, not just those joining. Moreteavicar?
  • Score: 15

1:02pm Thu 10 Jul 14

B the B says...

jrl663 wrote:
they should all know what the pay and terms are when they sign on the dotted line. the choice can be made not to take the job, if they think that the pay is not worth their services, rather than trying to hold the government to ransom for more pay.
Keep up to date ! This is the whole point, the conditions have changed since they "signed on the dotted line". I agree if you are taking a job now but when you've been employed for a while and then they decided to changed everything, that's not right.
The sweeping statement about being over paid is ridiculous, the majority of workers in the LA are not overpaid, the management may be.
[quote][p][bold]jrl663[/bold] wrote: they should all know what the pay and terms are when they sign on the dotted line. the choice can be made not to take the job, if they think that the pay is not worth their services, rather than trying to hold the government to ransom for more pay.[/p][/quote]Keep up to date ! This is the whole point, the conditions have changed since they "signed on the dotted line". I agree if you are taking a job now but when you've been employed for a while and then they decided to changed everything, that's not right. The sweeping statement about being over paid is ridiculous, the majority of workers in the LA are not overpaid, the management may be. B the B
  • Score: 11

1:14pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Clarkester says...

Overpaid? Are you serious?
Being an ex-Local Authority employee, the pay is rubbish, the terms and conditions regularly change for the worse, you are forced to take unpaid leave, Axes swing precariously over just about every employee from management down, in the name of restructuring and money saving.
No pay rises for four years running, then well below the level of inflation...
But, you're right, they are overpaid... (not.)
Overpaid? Are you serious? Being an ex-Local Authority employee, the pay is rubbish, the terms and conditions regularly change for the worse, you are forced to take unpaid leave, Axes swing precariously over just about every employee from management down, in the name of restructuring and money saving. No pay rises for four years running, then well below the level of inflation... But, you're right, they are overpaid... (not.) Clarkester
  • Score: 11

3:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Densell says...

If you don't like it then they can find another job. I worked in a private sector job where I had a pay freeze for 2 years. When it was confirmed that pay was going to be frozen for a third year I voted with my feet and found another job. Public sector workers complain how they will have to pay more and get less in the future but they are unwilling to realise that they have had so good for too long and that the previous rate of pay and pensions is unsustainable. What they have already paid in cannot be touched and will pay out at the terms in place at the time. It is only going forward that pension rates will be affected and most public sector workers will still receive better pension rates and pay than those in similar jobs. Everyone has a choice, if you o not like your job then find another one. Stop throwing your toys out of the pram and stop trying to hold the country to ransom. The most successful unions today are those that negotiate and compromise not the dinosaurs who call their members out on a yes vote of less than 30% while the union leaders take home 6 figure salaries.
If you don't like it then they can find another job. I worked in a private sector job where I had a pay freeze for 2 years. When it was confirmed that pay was going to be frozen for a third year I voted with my feet and found another job. Public sector workers complain how they will have to pay more and get less in the future but they are unwilling to realise that they have had so good for too long and that the previous rate of pay and pensions is unsustainable. What they have already paid in cannot be touched and will pay out at the terms in place at the time. It is only going forward that pension rates will be affected and most public sector workers will still receive better pension rates and pay than those in similar jobs. Everyone has a choice, if you o not like your job then find another one. Stop throwing your toys out of the pram and stop trying to hold the country to ransom. The most successful unions today are those that negotiate and compromise not the dinosaurs who call their members out on a yes vote of less than 30% while the union leaders take home 6 figure salaries. Densell
  • Score: -4

5:58pm Thu 10 Jul 14

JoleneEdge says...

They should try doing my job which is looking after profoundly disabled and getting minimum wage!! Find another job then! Yes I could but I love my job and someone needs to look after them regardless there is more to life than money these people striking are better off than a lot of us in Hereford!!
They should try doing my job which is looking after profoundly disabled and getting minimum wage!! Find another job then! Yes I could but I love my job and someone needs to look after them regardless there is more to life than money these people striking are better off than a lot of us in Hereford!! JoleneEdge
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Thu 10 Jul 14

dplcv37 says...

Starting salary for a qualified teacher is £21,804 per year, they work 195 days of the year get a nice pension

where do I sign........
Starting salary for a qualified teacher is £21,804 per year, they work 195 days of the year get a nice pension where do I sign........ dplcv37
  • Score: 2

11:37am Fri 11 Jul 14

dodger3 says...

I believe about 40% of newly qualified Teachers leave within three years of starting. Its not all about money. Good teachers are vital to the future of our
Children, and in many instances have a very difficult job.
I believe about 40% of newly qualified Teachers leave within three years of starting. Its not all about money. Good teachers are vital to the future of our Children, and in many instances have a very difficult job. dodger3
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Fri 11 Jul 14

yokelyokel says...

dplcv37 wrote:
Starting salary for a qualified teacher is £21,804 per year, they work 195 days of the year get a nice pension

where do I sign........
And, from now on, have about £40k in student loan debt built up in getting qualified - a debt on which the interest charged is always above the rate of inflation, and have no hope at all of buying a house

Mind you, dplcv, these arguments are pretty fruitless. Everyone can state statistics that suit their own point of view - exactly what I am doing here.

The underlying problem is that the UK is moving towards being a high cost and low income country for most people whether in the private sector or public sector - with a minority doing very nicely and smiling whilst we, at the bottom of the pile, squabble with each other over who has it worst.
[quote][p][bold]dplcv37[/bold] wrote: Starting salary for a qualified teacher is £21,804 per year, they work 195 days of the year get a nice pension where do I sign........[/p][/quote]And, from now on, have about £40k in student loan debt built up in getting qualified - a debt on which the interest charged is always above the rate of inflation, and have no hope at all of buying a house Mind you, dplcv, these arguments are pretty fruitless. Everyone can state statistics that suit their own point of view - exactly what I am doing here. The underlying problem is that the UK is moving towards being a high cost and low income country for most people whether in the private sector or public sector - with a minority doing very nicely and smiling whilst we, at the bottom of the pile, squabble with each other over who has it worst. yokelyokel
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Fri 11 Jul 14

dplcv37 says...

yokelyokel wrote:
dplcv37 wrote:
Starting salary for a qualified teacher is £21,804 per year, they work 195 days of the year get a nice pension

where do I sign........
And, from now on, have about £40k in student loan debt built up in getting qualified - a debt on which the interest charged is always above the rate of inflation, and have no hope at all of buying a house

Mind you, dplcv, these arguments are pretty fruitless. Everyone can state statistics that suit their own point of view - exactly what I am doing here.

The underlying problem is that the UK is moving towards being a high cost and low income country for most people whether in the private sector or public sector - with a minority doing very nicely and smiling whilst we, at the bottom of the pile, squabble with each other over who has it worst.
True
[quote][p][bold]yokelyokel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dplcv37[/bold] wrote: Starting salary for a qualified teacher is £21,804 per year, they work 195 days of the year get a nice pension where do I sign........[/p][/quote]And, from now on, have about £40k in student loan debt built up in getting qualified - a debt on which the interest charged is always above the rate of inflation, and have no hope at all of buying a house Mind you, dplcv, these arguments are pretty fruitless. Everyone can state statistics that suit their own point of view - exactly what I am doing here. The underlying problem is that the UK is moving towards being a high cost and low income country for most people whether in the private sector or public sector - with a minority doing very nicely and smiling whilst we, at the bottom of the pile, squabble with each other over who has it worst.[/p][/quote]True dplcv37
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree