Bad timing - The National Union of Teachers (NUT) this weekend demanded a ten per cent pay increase (or £3,000, whichever is the greater). A majority of delegates voted in favour of the controversial motion at the union's annual conference, arguing they had been underpaid during the boom years.
Other delegates opposed it, saying it was the wrong time to ask for an increase when thousands of people are losing their jobs.
HOW I SEE IT - Jack Irvine, Executive chairman, Media House International
The NUT wants a ten per cent pay rise when we are in the middle of the worst recession since the 1930s and our schools are turning out monosyllabic oafs. It should realise that thousands of workers have just lost their salaries. The NUT's PROs shot themselves in the foot. Hours after the pay demands there was nothing to guide journalists to the rationale behind the demand on the NUT website, which is frankly a dog's breakfast. If it was going to justify this demand, the website should have shown that teachers' pay has historically lagged well behind other professionals. There was nothing. To ask for a ten per cent pay rise in this climate reeks of stupidity, greed and naivety and to handle the media noise so amateurishly was unforgivable.