MP: give parents the right to vote over teachers’ strikes

Parents should be able to veto teachers’ strike action to prevent unnecessary damage to children’s education, a Conservative MP has warned. This is from the Telegraph

Mothers and fathers should take a vote before teachers walk out of their children’s school to ensure the industrial action has a proper mandate, said Chris Skidmore…

Writing for The Telegraph, he says that disruption has reached such a level that parents should, on a school-by-school basis, be given a casting vote to decide whether their teachers can walk out.

The comments come just days before the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT – Britain’s two biggest teaching unions – prepare to take strike action across eastern England, the Midlands and Yorkshire in protest over Coalition education reforms.

Tuesday’s action is the latest in a series of regional strikes which will be followed by a large-scale national walk out later in the autumn term.

Unions are protesting over the introduction of a system of performance-related pay, changes to teachers’ pensions and escalating workload.

But writing on, Mr Skidmore insisted that just 33 per cent of NASUWT members and 22 per cent of NUT members actually backed the action because of low turn out when national ballots were staged.

He said parents should now be able to have their say on strikes, voting on a school-by-school basis on whether local teachers should be allowed to walk out…

“Balloting should be done on a school-by-school basis. If a union is calling on their members from a school to strike then the parents of every pupil there should have the chance to weigh up the disruption against the claimed justifications.

“If parents support action then it can go ahead.

“Such a ballot would recognise that, while all decisions to strike are significant, teacher strikes can be particularly harmful, and so should only be done when necessary.”

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Here’s a link to the article from Chris Skidmore: Parents should veto teacher strikes

Is it ridiculous to suggest parents should have a veto on strikes or is there merit in these arguments? Would any strike where parents had given their support immediately carry much more weight? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. Snorrarcisco

    SchoolsImprove maybe we can also #vote when MP’s come up with mad concepts. No parents will support strikes. #ridiculous

  2. parentinvolve

    Snorrarcisco SchoolsImprove parents who need to work & don’t have public sector pensions & long holidays may not have much sympathy anyway

  3. parentinvolve

    Snorrarcisco SchoolsImprove sure but it is all about perception – might get more support if seen to be fighting for kids not themselves

  4. mandajane_27

    SchoolsImprove makes you lol you can’t take the kids out of school for a holiday but the teachers are allowed to strike #sortitout

  5. PompeyDog

    SchoolsImprove ha ha! That is very funny. Are Tory MPs having a sweepstake on who can come up with the most ludicrous, undemocratic idea?

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