August 9th, 2012

CCHQ Go On Union Sports Attack

Following Guido’s story yesterday about the unions restricting any chance of expanding school sports, CCHQ have joined in the fun:

Orders from the NASUWT to a membership which totals over 300,000 states that ‘Members should refuse to attend any meetings and activities outside school session times which are not on the school calendar and which are not within directed time.’ Meanwhile, the NUT is balloting its members to join the NASUWT in a ‘work to rule’. 

Conservative MP Damian Hinds, who sits on the Education Select Committee, commented:

“It is utterly hypocritical for the unions to blame the government for a lack of sport in school at the same time as ordering their members not to help with activities outside of school hours. Following the huge success of the Olympics, the last thing we want is to go back to a time when school sport was crippled by militant union leaders embarking on a damaging and irresponsible work to rule. Ed Miliband and Stephen Twigg must condemn their union allies for standing in the way of children who want to take part in sport after school. If everyone in Team GB worked to rule like the NASUWT we would have fewer medals than Australia.”

Since the militant unions blinked over the Olympic strikes, there seems to be an upping of aggression against them. Good.


  1. 1
    The unions says:

    can fuck off!

  2. 2
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    “…than Australia”. Ouch!

  3. 3
    davidc says:

    school sports= licensed bullying

  4. 4
    Kevin T says:

    Only if you were too stupid to bunk off.

  5. 5
    Delighted says:

    The Olympics end this SUNDAY!!!!!!!

  6. 6
    Ed Millibland says:

    This bweggars bwelief

  7. 7
    Jimmy says:

    “Ed Miliband and Stephen Twigg must condemn their union allies”

    Who would they be?

  8. 8
    JuliaM says:

    Ah, but then you have the Paralympics. Which, if it doesn’t get the same amount of coverage and public support, with give us synchronised whinging and the 100m dash for an Equality lawsuit…

  9. 9
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    Miliband should grow a spine and stand up to the unions. Pathetic

  10. 10

    And there was I thinking the whole Labour movement was built around love…

  11. 11
    Spinal damage says:

    Jog on dimbo.

  12. 12
    Comrade Mark Serwotka says:

    That little sh*t’s got ideas above his paygrade. Allies? ALLIES? We’re his bosses. We own him.

    Ed’s our little gimp.

  13. 13
    Warren Valentine says:

    What utter shite.

    The unions have said this in a completely different context to school sports. All teachers are rightly proud and encourage competitive sports, contrary to the myths being pushed around – in fact if anyone is harming school sports, it is Michael Gove removing the School Sports Partnership. Rather than look into what it did, he saw it as a QUANGO which had to go, rather than see its plentiful good work.
    The NASUWT has voiced this statement in relation to concerns about wrap-around care. I don’t think the fact that the ICT teacher will be standing against wiping the noses of children at 7pm because parents have no time for them will have any baring on school sports…

    Cheap political points scoring. If Guido buys into this thinking, he’d buy into anything. Must be on the bottle…

  14. 14
    P. Deaux-Pfeil says:

    I’m sure someone will come up with a private-sector solution to this problem.

  15. 15

    The idealologically driven aim of these union dinosuars is government mandated equality of outcomes, hence the all must have prizes stupidity.

    Competative sport is the exact opposite, the most talented or those who put in the hard work on the training field win the prizes.

    Just imagine what would happen to our socialist Utopia if this competative spirit were to spread to all other areas of our national life.

  16. 16
    Union for obese, brainwashed kids says:

    Get those fat sods running in the pishing rain.

  17. 17
    retardEd Miliband (political genius) says:

    I will thtride up to the unionth, and I thall inthitht, in my strongetht voithe, “Let the children play thport!”

    That’th what I’ll thay.


    Perhapth I’d better jutht thit quitly and not thay anything. Yeth. That would be betht.

  18. 18
    mind numbing says:

    Thank god.

  19. 19
    Ed Ballsup says:

    “All teachers are rightly proud and encourage competitive sports”

    Schools must not produce winners.

  20. 20
    Snagglepuss says:

    Sport is still outside school hours and therefore not part of the curriculum.

    “It is utterly hypocritical for the unions to blame the government for a lack of sport in school at the same time as ordering their members not to help with activities outside of school hours”

    Simple solution: put sport INSIDE school hours. Pressuring teachers to work extra hours is just wrong. If it’s outside school hours then perhaps parents might like to take it on.. or even politicians.. or bankers or police-persons, or civil servants.

    Another possibility is to employ members of staff who’s hours cover after-hours activities.

  21. 21
    Louise Mental MP says:

    Don’t be ridiculous. Working mums have no time for this. We need teachers to work evenings.

  22. 22
    Roger the Cabin Boy says:

    “Simple solution: put sport INSIDE school hours. ”
    It always was in my day, along with school sports day. That of course,was before Liebour started selling off school playing fields. They probably could see their litigation society would bring about many court claims for scratches and bruises. Then thanks to Liebour, there was the brats of society’s ‘Uman Rites’ not to do anything, let alone sport.

  23. 23
    private sector says:

    If we worked to rule, teachers would not get paid at all.

  24. 24
    Warren Valentine says:

    Yeah. Stupid teachers, sat around twiddling their thumbs after the kids leave

  25. 25
    Iti exPM says:

    Is Harriet organising this jamboree, or is it still the remit of that phuckwit Jowell?

  26. 26
    D says:

    Do you know what working to rule means? It means sticking to your contract and not doing over an above what you’re paid to do. I don’t know many private sector workers who do unpaid overtime. Does the fact that teachers have ‘work to rule’ as an industrial action option not tell you something about what teachers usually do? A lot of teachers are happy to run after school clubs but are not obliged to. You can’t rely on one profession doing unpaid overtime for sporting success.

  27. 27
    David says:

    anyone teaching or supervising sports has to want to do it or it just doesn’t work. Like any subject a teacher has to show interest and love of it.

  28. 28
    private sector says:

    Au contraire, the private sector have much longer contractuyal hours *and* do substantial overtime. Admitedly, they are often doing this for personal gain/advancement. However, if they did not do it, UK plc would be less able to magic money into existance (I know you think that’s what happens) and there would be less of it for teachers.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    1) There’s no such thing as UK plc
    2) The private sector wouldn’t exist without the public sector

  30. 30
    D says:

    Teachers are contracted to 35 hours per week but most I know work much more than that. Private sector workers may have longer contractual hours but they tend to be more able to leave thoughts of their jobs behind at the end of the day. Many private sector workers will choose to do overtime for more money and career advancement and that’s great. When teachers do overtime it’s unpaid, for the benefit of their pupils and possibly helps career advancement too. My point is many teachers do provide this unpaid overtime out of goodwill and they should not be attacked for withdrawing that goodwill in protest when there is no obligation on them to provide it in the first place.

  31. 31
    private sector says:

    Anon: UK plc is a euphamism. And as a matter of fact, the private sector DID exist before the public sector. So your whiney “you need us” bs can go fly.

    D: You deliberately omit the very long holidays teachers take, before going on a flight of fancy about stress. I stopped reading after that.

  32. 32
    D says:

    ‘D: You deliberately omit the very long holidays teachers take, before going on a flight of fancy about stress. I stopped reading after that.’ You stopped reading after what? My ‘omission?’ Surely you’d have to read to the end before you’d know that! I didn’t really deliberately omit details of holidays it just wasn’t relevant to my point. Well done for latching on to the last resort of teacher bashers though. Bravo. What flight of fancy about stress? It is rather stressful, as it happens but I didn’t mention that previously.

  33. 33
    teechin profeshunal says:

    Well then, as the man said “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. Find a cushy job as a dustman or something with no stress (apart from having to get up early each day).

  34. 34
    private sector says:

    Do you teach your pupils to win arguments by dismissing what the other person says as a “last resort”? What other debating fallacies do you teach?

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