Victory for kids

So the last bastion of militant unionism, the teachers’ unions, have been defeated.

I see that as usual neither Radio NZ[ei] or Newstalk credited me with breaking this story yesterday.

Perry Rush of the Principals’ Federation and the extremely unimpressive Ian Leckie of NZEI were all over the radio this?morning saying this was a hollow victory for the Government, and that their battle would go on.

But this just reminds me of Arthur Scargill and the British miners marching?back to work after their strike in the early 80s. They had been beaten – and they knew it.

What has largely been forgotten about in all the Government versus unions coverage of National Standards is that this is all about fixing the fact that one in five New Zealand children can’t read, write or do maths properly.

This is a victory for parents and kids. Shame on the unions for letting them down, and trying to use them to advance their pathetic left-wing hide-the-bad-teachers philosophy.

Anne Tolley now needs to break the unions completely. THe first thing I would do is remove payroll protection for the collection of union dues. Make the unions go cap in hand to their members for their dues rather than sneak in the back door through payroll deductions.