Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

The state is not treating teachers fairly

We all know that cuts are necessary in today's financial climate, but nobody wants it to be them.

As a teacher, I never expected to be rich, but when I see the vast sums paid to people in the money-driven world of advertising, and the amounts spent on making glamorous images to persuade people like me to buy more products, it makes me seethe.

Teachers' pensions are under threat, with a proposal that we not only pay more in contributions, but that we work longer and get less when we retire. How can this be fair?

I am not a radical person and have never yet been tempted to strike, but, like many others in education, I do not feel I am being heard. I do not feel I am being treated fairly. How are we to get those in power to listen?

Why is this government taking so much from those who already have little to spare, and who are doing their best to help form the society of the future?

LYNN ATKINS

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