Monday, August 30, 2010

Gordon 'free dinners' Matheson picks a new target after disadvantaging Glasgow's disabled kids, he wants all teachers to pay for Labour's stupidity

Dear All

It seems that the Glasgow Labour Council of shame and its leader, Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson has found a new victim moving on from further disadvantaging disabled kids.

Now, the ‘guns of hate’ are targeted towards teachers.

Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson wants Teachers in Scotland to be forced to work longer hours in the classroom.

In the Labour fiefdom of Glasgow, a contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

‘Free dinners’ Matheson wants to tear up an agreement struck in 2001 that greatly improved teachers’ pay and conditions.

Known as the McCrone deal, it guaranteed teachers more than 12 hours a week to spend marking and preparing lessons in school, rather than teaching.

And as we all know, probably with the exception of the Glasgow Labour Party, preparation prevents poor performance of both teacher and student.

Although the time taken is only 30 minutes, it is the start of mission creep by Matheson.

Glasgow gets the highest figure per head of population by the Scottish Government and still Labour can’t manage.

What about cutting off the flow of cash to Labour donors via contracts?

Education is important and Glasgow Labour Council of shame is known for spending very little per head on that, they want to keep their gerrymandered ghettos intact.

If the time for preparation is taken away, how will this effect delivery?

Has a study been undertaken, I suspect now, as usual with Glasgow Labour, it is all mouth before engaging brain.

If the agreement is reopen, then Glasgow’s problem will affect every one of the 51,000 teachers in Scotland because it is a national agreement.

The tail cannot be allowed to wag the dog.

Teachers work a 35-hour week, 22.5 hours are spent actually teaching, with the rest protected time to prepare for lessons using the school resources rather than doing the work at home.

A survey in 2006 found teachers work an average of 45 hours a week so everyone should remember that Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson and his Labour Councillors of shame are getting a good deal.

So, what kind of response should the Glasgow Labour Council of shame expect from the Scottish Government when Glasgow Labour went out of its way to sabotage cutting class sizes for political gain?

A polite official no!

‘Free dinners’ Matheson said:

“In law, I must balance the books and, in order to do that, we are facing brutal cuts to frontline services.”

Balancing the books is his problem, not the Scottish Government or any other Scottish Council; he should solve his own problem and not drag the rest of Scotland into shoring up his stupidity.

Matheson added:

“I respect the professionalism and hard work of teachers, but we are in an unprecedented situation where we face brutal choices and I believe this is a reasonable request to make, which would still leave sufficient time for preparation. The options in front of us are not only politically very difficult, but threaten the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. This is one way we could offset those cuts. I would stress that no final decisions have been made, but we will be asking the Scottish Government to re-open the McCrone agreement.”

The unprecedented situation was caused by the Labour Party failing to protect the British public by regulating the banks properly.

Glasgow gets the highest amount of money per head in Scotland, Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson is only flagging up he and Labour Council of shame cannot manage the sea of money they get.

Maybe its time for new management at the City Chambers!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

1 comment:

cynicalHighlander said...

He seems to want to squeeze everbody bar his friends.