A UTTOXETER parent has slammed the school strikes as inconveniencing for working parents who had to take unpaid leave for the day.
As members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) took to the picket lines on Wednesday over pay, pensions and unnecessary bureaucracy, some parents were not so happy.
Nick Hemmings, of the Heath, Uttoxeter, said the strike action meant he had to take an unpaid day off work to look after his child.
He said: “I had to take another day’s leave unpaid to cover the school closure.
“I appreciate that the teachers have their issues that they need to deal with.
“However they have spent the last six months telling parents how detrimental to their children’s education days out of school are.
“Then in this month alone they have had a teacher training day, which closed the school and today there is the strike which has closed several classes within the school.
“Even my 8-year-old is asking why teachers can go on strike yet Mummy and Daddy will get into trouble if he doesn’t go to school.”
Frank Morris of Uttoxeter said via Facebook: “Is there any reason strong enough to make a teacher steal learning time from their students and employers?”
Rob Tomlinson said via the Uttoxeter News website: “It’s an absolute joke, I think teachers forget they work six hours a day for half the year.”
Rachel Padden tweeted: “I’d be supporting the teachers strike if they were picketing the school this morning instead of discussing their day off plans on Facebook.”
However other parents were more supportive of the actions.
Geoff Love tweeted: “To those claiming the teachers strike sets a bad example, you are wrong. Striking for your rights is one of the few meaningful actions left.”
Nikki Owen tweeted: “I fully support the teachers strike today. I tell my daughter she’s off school because teachers are exercising their democratic right.”
Windsor Park Middle School, in Springfield Road, Talbot First School in Kingstone and St Peter’s First School in Alton all closed for the day as a result of teachers taking action. St Mary’s First School in The Heath and Ryecroft Middle School in Rocester partially closed.