Railroad Strikes Force Teacher to Drive Students to Exams “A Slap! | United Kingdom | New
School teacher Neil from Hertfordshire discussed the need to pick up pupils and teachers this morning with host Nick Ferrari. The Hertfordshire schoolteacher explained how the strikes were causing some inconvenience to some of his colleagues as they have to commute between Peterborough and London every day using national rail services. He claimed the strikes were a slap in the face for everyone who lived through the pandemic. The National Rail strikes were enforced by the RMT union because they are demanding the UK government to raise their wages and stop job cuts in their sector.
Teacher Neil told LBC radio: “Yes I am a secondary school teacher, this morning I took the school minibus and picked up a car full of staff and pupils on the way school, so that everyone can get to school and do their exams on time.”
Mr Ferrari added: “Yes I like it, it’s fantastic, it’s the kind of company and zeal that Mrs Thatcher would be proud of, well done Neil.”
The school teacher Neil said, “Thank you very much.”
Mr Ferrari added: “And everyone was on board, everyone enjoyed it?”
School teacher Neil said: ‘Yes, absolutely saved me a £12 journey which I would normally pay to get the train to work.’
Mr Ferrari asked: ‘So you took the minibus home last night and then did you come up with a campaign plan of how to get in?’
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School teacher Neil added: “Yes of course I set out five pick up points only three were used I collected them on the way this morning and we drove from Hertfordshire to Hackney I Did it in about an hour and a half, so I got there around seven forty.”
Mr Ferrari said: ‘Now there could be end of year exams, there could be GCSEs and bigger A levels today, right?
School teacher Neil said: “There is yes, I’ve also sent a note to all teams of the year, to see if there are any year 11 pupils who have been directly affected by this , and we could also recover them.”
Mr Ferrari said: ‘What is it like in the corridors, have the exams started… What time do the exams start, nine o’clock or have they already started?’
He added: ‘Usually at nine o’clock, but I think a lot of our students… We welcome them very early, provide them with breakfast and arrange extra support for exams.’
Mr Ferrari said: “Is the school full, about where it would be, does it look a bit empty, how would you characterize it, Neil?”
Neil added: “We’ve actually offered a later checkout for everyone because we have staff coming in…Even though we’re sort of in east London, we have staff coming in from as far away than Peterborough, every day.”
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Mr Ferrari added: “Good, and do you support the strikers?”
Professor Neil said: “No, not at all, they have all the time in the world to strike, they can put their point across whenever they want.
“To do so now is just a slap in the face to everyone who has been through the pandemic.”
Teachers and students aren’t the only people across the UK facing travel delays due to ongoing strikes.
Some Britons seeking medical attention cannot get the treatment they need due to the disruption.
The strike seems to affect most people, but hits the most vulnerable in society the hardest.
RMT union boss Mick Lynch has lobbied the government for a 7% pay rise for rail staff and has sought to have a meeting with Government Minister Grant Shapps, who is the Transport Secretary, to to enforce its demands.
Mr Shapps pushed back on disruptions to RMT union travel and discussed changing the law to stop unions wreaking havoc.
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Despite Mr Lynch’s requests to meet Mr Shapps, he was reluctant to do so, explaining why on Sky News this morning.
Mr Shapps told Sky News: “If I thought there was even a one in a million chance that I was in the room, that would help sort it out, then I would be there.
“Mick Lynch, who is head of the RMT, said last month that he would never negotiate, on his own terms, with a Conservative government.”
Mr Shapps added: ‘It wouldn’t help, in fact, it would actually undermine, for ministers to come into the room.’