Herald Opinion: Teachers’ strike... irresponsible and wrong?

THE NEWS of an imminent one-day strike by the town’s teachers will undoubtedly cause headaches for parents.

They will be forced to sort out alternative childcare arrangements and will, obviously, be worried about the impact on their child’s education.

The Government has said the strike, which is in response to the planned cuts to teacher’s pensions, is ‘irresponsible and wrong’.

It has forecast the cost of paying teachers’ pensions will rise from £5 billion to almost £10 billion, a figure which doesn’t sit well with the Coalition’s austerity measures.

But the country’s economic woes stem from an international credit crisis caused by the financial markets which resulted in the worst global recession since the 1930s.

A crisis which teachers and civil servants will understandably reflect upon as being nothing to do with them but something they are being punished for with a lower pension and increased contributions.

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FOR AN example of a more popular Government policy look no futher than the apprenticeship initiative.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has championed the National Apprenticeship Service scheme which has gone down a storm in Eastbourne.

More than 100 apprenticeships have been created in just 19 days and now the target has been revised to 200 apprenticeships in 100 days.

The scheme is an excellent example of the local business community getting behind an idea from central Government.

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RECORD crowds flocked to the tennis this week as the AEGON International came to town.

As expected the Williams sisters have generated a good buzz around the event and at the time of writing Venus was still battling her way through the tournament.

Results of the Herald’s tennis poster competition and the winner of the most creative tennis-themed shop window are fetured in the Eastbourne Herald, out today.

The weekend forecast is mixed, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for more sunshine over Devonshire Park.