Strikes close all Vale schools

Castle Vale School, St Gerards, Topcliffe, Pegasus and Chivenor School will all be closed on Wednesday 30th November because of industrial action by teachers and staff.
Castle Vale Nursery and The Children’s Centre in Yatesbury Avenue will both be open.

On this day twelve months ago, schools across Birmingham were battling to stay open with temperatures plummeting to -6 degrees in what was to be the start of a long spell of sub zero temperatures.


11 responses to “Strikes close all Vale schools

  1. I’m opposed to the strikes based on pensions, if they want to strike over salary or working conditions then fine but to strike over a very high paying pension is as I see It greedy. Don’t forget public sector workers get the state pension aswell. So if the lowest pension is 13k add 5k onto of that. That’s 18k a year for life after retirement plus all the extra benefits a pensioner gets.

    You have to admit that’s not too bad.

  2. If the lowest pension is £13K? In your dreams! What planet are you on, mate?

  3. My wording was incorrect, the average pension is 13k the lowest is around 8k. however this being true it is still a nice pension. What this strike says is that a public sector worker deserves a better pension than a cafe waitress on minimum wage, or a shop assistant or receptionist all on low wage who pay for public sector pensions but cannot afford one for themselves.

    I have no qualms with public sector workers but to moan about a guaranteed pension on top of a state pension when people are losing their jobs everyday is a bit rich under the circumstances.

    What they have done by going on strike is lost support from the public, lost support from those members who did not want to strike and given ammunition to the government to withdraw the offer of which 75% of members would agree to and to change strike rules so that you will have to have over 50% of members to vote for strike action, if you call that looking after members interests then I’d rather not be a member of a union.

  4. Where on earth do you get your figures from? How would a public sector employee on a salary of £16K get a pension of £8K – half of salary? That’s total rubbish. The average, low-paid public sector employee would be overjoyed – probably faint with shock – to be told they were going to receive £8K a year!
    Public sector employees have to accept lower pay awards than others, in recognition of the taxpayer’s contribution to their pensions – but they have to pay tax like everyone else. No privileges there!
    People are not losing their jobs because of public employees’ pensions, but because of the disgraceful greed of bankers, andthe tax dodges of multinational companies and the unpatriotic, self-serving super-rich.
    It’s wrong to set one group of low-paid against another. The Government has broken the contract each public service employee signed up to on joining – that’s the real issue, and that’s why people are so angry.
    What this strike says is that it’s NOT ok to make public service employees the scapegoats for the mess the “experts” have got us into.

  5. Remember when Teachers, Lecturers, Policemen, Police staff, Ambulance staff, Nurses, Midwives, Doctors and Fireman crashed the stock market, wiped out Banks, took billions in bonuses and paid no tax? No, me neither.
    Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank, give him a bank and he’ll rob the world.

  6. So your telling me nobody in the public sector is greedy? How many managers are there at NHS hospitals who badly manage but are paid huge salaries, how many high ranking officers are there In the force that do nothing and waste public money. its also council workers and mp’s. Birmingham Council have more executives than any other, they receive more money than the PM, get bonuses and expensess.

    We have to live within our means. If you want to be a public servant that’s what you do, you serve the public if your circumstances are unaffordable to those you serve the terms must change. If you do not like it change job, that’s what private sector employees have to do as they do not have the luxury of a union so cannot strike as they will be fired.

  7. What a load of rubbish you are talking ANON.

    Ford, JLR, Railtrack to name but 3 are all private sector companies, as are all of the banks, finance companies and major retailers who’s employees are able and free to join a trade union if they wish to do so. Membership of a union is not restricted to ‘public servants’ as you put it.

    Yes there are savings to be made in many public and private sector companies, but don’t ever forget that many of the so called private sector companies the Government is holding up as examples of the ‘way forward’, were once public companies that were sold off by the government of the day, (I’ll let you work out for yourself which one), and are now making very handsome profits which are paid out in dividends to shareholders.

    Please have a reasoned argument if you wish to start castigating those who have entered into contracts with their employers which the Government is trying to break.

  8. I am a receptionist, I get 13k a year and have kids, I cannot afford a private pension and I cannot become a member of a union

  9. Public sector employees will have to pay a 3% tax on their income, towards their pensions – but this money is NOT going to be put straight into their pension fund, it’s going to the Treasury to be spent as the Treasury thinks fit. That, in my book, is theft.

  10. Silly question but can they not opt out and find a private pension that they can afford?

  11. In short, no; it’s part of the contract & you can’t cherry-pick.