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"Are teachers right to take industrial action over shortages, and what should be done about them?"

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on 23/03/18.

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Teachers are, as they have always been, part of the backbone of British society, and it's time the government started listening to their concerns. This government has my full support and I trust it will do the right thing by our educational staff, but I do support this industrial action as shortages can hugely affect the workload of other people in the sector, and our teachers are already overstretched. Hopefully this strike will be short-lived, and I urge the government to work with those taking industrial action to ensure that Britain's students are not negatively affected.
I look forward to meeting with representatives of NUT and NASUWT and engaging in frank conversations about the future. I am keenly aware of the issues facing teachers regarding pay and shortages and prior to the announcement of action had created a taskforce to make recommendations on how to make real progress on these issues. The government intends to act quickly to address these concerns, keep students in class and advance the teaching profession to secure it for many decades to come. 
Education is the bedrock of our society, without a strong education system we cannot build the next generation of our country up and we cannot help a generation escape the poverty trap. It is therefore unacceptable that teachers feel that they are unable to do their jobs and that we are in the situation we currently find ourselves in. In the next Budget I shall unveil a range of new measures and investments in the most ambitious education funding plan in British history. We will invest in more teachers, more schools, more equipment and other measures to incentivise teaching as an attractive career choice for the best and brightest of Britain.
As a former teacher, and former General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, this strike hits close to home for me. I am proud to be a member of the party dedicated to properly funding education, and both the Secretary of State for Public Services' comments regarding meetings and the Chancellor's statements regarding an ambitious funding plan are welcome. However, solidarity with my comrades in the education sector remains and I will be joining striking workers on their picket lines to fight with them for a fair deal. The National Union of Teachers will always have a friend in me, and will always have a friend in the Labour Party.
It is clear that our teacher comrades are overworked and underpaid, we must as a nation do more to secure the future of teachers and our education system if we are to ensure a system that marvels the world. I too will be joining our comrades in their action though I am grateful for the government in taking quick action and it shows that this Labour government is taking quick action rather than offering talking points, it shows the commitment that this government has for the working class. 
"As the daughter of two very dedicated teachers who have given their whole lives to the proper instruction of new generations of British citizens, I feel it is due time that the teaching community is paid accordingly to their contribution to society. Proper pay doesn't reduce exclusively to proper monetary retribution, it includes a general improvement of working conditions, more rigorous accountability to ensure fair monitoring of education programs, expanding the knowledge base to identify what really works and support continuous improvement. The leaders of this country need to internalize and reflect upon the important contribution teachers give to our children every day, that is why industrial action is a necessary step to bring conscience on this issue."
Press Cycle closed.
Labour: 45
 
Umm… this is… interesting. There’s a teachers strike coming up and nobody, not even on your own benches, had an outright critique for you. And you go out there and give the necessary talking points – perhaps, better in the longer term (especially for you guys), it’s good you didn’t attack the Unions and spent energy shifting blame off you without outright attacking and making yourselves look proactive looks good.
 
Conservatives: 0
 
There are teachers on strike. Maybe the Labour government really isn’t at fault, but it’s still an opportune reason to go on the offensive. If you guys can attack the government with conspiracy theories before all the facts have been laid on the table, I’m sure you can come out against them when teachers are striking. Contribute.
 
Influence Points Awarded to:
 
Barbara Bond: “The National Union of Teachers will always have a friend in me, and will always have a friend in the Labour Party.” Who’d have thought someone could take the NUT’s side in this dispute and still give the gov a pat on the back? Not me, but Barbara Bond did it quite effectively. This sweet talking is also good in placating the Unions in the media – another bonus.
 
Alwyn Thomas: “In the next budget I shall unveil a range of new measures and investments in the most ambitious education funding plan in British history.” Who said money didn’t solve everything? Well, not Thomas, and it seems like he has the cash to reverse the government’s fortunes, so the British people don’t seem too scared.
 
Nelson Mabuza: “This Labour government is taking quick action rather than offering talking points, it shows the commitment this government has for the working class.” Quite generic, the action not words mantra – but for a reason. People buy it, and like hearing it. Have an influence point