When you walk into your classroom, pause for a moment and look around.
Those eager young faces are your pension fund.
You see, a pension fund is not some bottomless pot of money created by government magic, it is actual cash that has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is your pupils when they are old enough to get a job. In the meantime, they depend on you for an education.
Except you’re going on strike.
You are disadvantaging the very people who will pay your pension when you retire.
That’s not clever.
I suggest instead of striking you work harder to give them a better education so they can get better jobs and create more wealth for the economy, because it’s how wealthy the economy is that determines how much pension you get.
Right now the economy has tanked and everyone is struggling.
So if you’ve been in education a long time you haven’t done a very good job, have you?
Otherwise we would have a bright, well educated workforce and we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.
But you think going on strike will improve matters.
See me after school.