Michael Gove conservative party conference 2013

"Twisted militant" teacher strikes are about ideology not students

By: Eva Quigley - Reporter
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 20:55 GMT Jump to Comments

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has accused the teacher trade unions of "twisted militant logic" in their decision to strike against performance related pay.

The strikes, which saw thousands of school closures in 48 authorities in the east of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, were against pay, pensions and workloads. 

Gove said at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that the trade unions were putting their ideology above British children's interests, preventing good teachers being paid the money they deserve and standing in the way of progress.

"There is one group of people who I can't thank. They're the people who are standing in the way of progress. They're the people who are the enemies of promise", he said.

"While we gather here today [...] the leaders of the militant teaching unions have gone out on strike.

"And the reason that they have gone out on strike in a new example of a twisted militant logic, is that they want to stop good teachers being paid more money. They are striking against the growth and potential of poor children".

"Children lose a day of education, parents have to scrabble to pay more for expensive child care and the prestige of the teaching profession, which we all want to see re-enforced and built up, takes a knock".

Speaking to Tory delegates, he said the Conservative Party was the party of "social justice in Great Britain" with an education policy that is "modern, progressive, radical and mainstream".

"Our exams can stand in comparison with the most rigorous in the world", he said, "and youth unemployment is at last being tackled head on".

Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, who have taken part in the strikes, said: "We are of course sorry for the disruption it causes to both parents and pupils. However, many parents are very supportive of NUT positions".

She added: “Michael Gove’s words of praise for the teaching profession will ring very hollow indeed amongst teachers. This Education Secretary has angered and demoralised the whole profession. He really does need to listen to our concerns and many parents agree".

Comments

Latest

Many of the structures which underpin the NHS are broken. The world has changed, the demands of patient care have…

The sharing of IT services within local government is not a new concept, but austerity has resulted in more shared…

People still think that what banks do is lend money to business for capital investment, but this a long way from…

It can’t have escaped your notice that Wonga has been back in the news. After its meteoric rise, it seems…

The way banks lend money, and their ‘natural tendency’ to lend against real estate, is a continuing…

Developers, building contractors and other commercial property specialists meeting in Birmingham last month were…

Reshoring really is happening but we need to do more locally to make the most of it

Cuts of 3.4% to Welsh local authority budgets, Blackpool paying £14m for a hotel, Perth & Kinross paying…

Do you do digital? Take the test

The Information Daily is collaborating with Socitm to research organisations' commitment to and capability for a digital future.

Take the test

View Results

If you have already taken the test, you may view the latest detailed results by entering your email address below


Headline results so far: Results from 109 users

Corporate commitment: 46%
0%
100%
50%
Digital capability: 52%
0%
100%
50%

We need to engage patients, public and staff in a conversation about the need for change so that change can happen…

There are many reasons given by hospitals for not making wifi available, whether for staff or patients. None of…

Another Conservative-led government will mean more work for suppliers willing to get involved in reworking the…

From time to time InformationDaily.TV features video profiles of The New Artisans. Filming at Warner Edwards gin…