the beautiful feeling of support

That wonderful warmth

That comes with love

From strangers on Twitter

And the newsreaders gently nodding

And smiling at ministers

Who they think are idiots

For the rubbish they spew from their mouths.

The National Education Union members have voted to go on strike over pay. And teachers are not the first people to strike recently. We will be following in the footsteps of rail workers, nurses and ambulance workers.

I worried that there may be a lot of backlash from non-teachers who don’t want to see more disruption to public services. After all, if you have children and the schools close, you will be unable to work because you have to stay home to look after them.

And yet, the reception on social media appears to be very supportive. And that feels nice.

People seem fed up with the way that our government are treating us. You can see it on social media, and in the faces of the news readers as they interview politicians who claim that they are looking after public servants.

Things will change soon. Hopefully.

Much Love

Rachel xx

4 thoughts on “the beautiful feeling of support

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I hope things will change soon, too, Rachel. Teachers here face many pressures similar to those you face, and often get very little support. And, yet, you do one of the most important jobs there are. I stand with teachers everywhere who work for reasonable pay and benefits, and the respect of society.

    1. patientandkindlove

      It just makes sense to look after teachers and nurses and other public servants because the retention rates are so bad. Surely it’s cheaper to keep hold of the teachers we have, than pay to train up loads of new ones?

    1. patientandkindlove

      I reckon that the average is about £35k but you start on lower. Having done retail work for so long, I feel pretty rich now, but it’s just the fact that wages aren’t keeping up with inflation and that doesn’t feel fair for teachers who have stuck it out for 10 years plus.

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