Nibbling at the conscience like
Those little fish in pedicure shops
Where they have those tanks
With fish that eat the skin.
I wish we didn’t care this much.
I wish we didn’t have to make this choice.
What once was just a nibble from a friendly fish,
Is now the gnashing of a pike. It hurts
And it’s likely to get worse.
So, I hadn’t really educated myself on what strike action really meant and now that the union has decided to take action, I have suddenly had to really get to grips with what that means and whether or not I wish to take part.
How do you choose between the fair pay for teachers and the provision of quality care and teaching for kids? And if you don’t strike, are you actually harming the education of future children? And can you afford to take the days unpaid when you’re a single mother in the middle of a cost of living crisis?
So many things to consider, and I don’t know how to answer any of these questions. This government has got a lot to answer for.