Australian teachers and Committee for Public Education support October 1 school strike
The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) in Australia sends its international greetings and support for the October 1 schools strike and parent-initiated protests in the UK, initiated by Lisa Diaz.
Diaz called on parents to keep their children at home to oppose Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” policy of deliberately infecting children. The homicidal policy of opening schools is now the agenda of governments internationally, monitored and enforced by teacher unions in each country. In Australia, school infections continued to grow in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, the most populous states, despite drastically reduced student numbers, only children of essential workers and others. designated as vulnerable being present on site.
In New South Wales, more than 200 schools have closed due to infections and in Victoria more than 90 have closed, not to mention hundreds of daycares. This week, data from the NSW Health Department showed that in just seven days, more than 1,200 children under the age of 9 were infected, along with nearly 1,000 others under the age of 19. A similar process is underway in Victoria, where infections reached an all-time high last week with a 50% increase in the past 24 hours.
Despite infections, hospitalizations and deaths, Berejiklian’s Liberal-National Coalition government and Andrews Labor government are staging schools reopening, starting in Victoria on October 5 and in New South Wales on October 18 October. The reckless reopenings have been approved by the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation and the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union.
The CFPE has received statements of support from educators and parents across Australia for the October 1 strike.
Renae, secondary school teacher from Adelaide: Evan Blake’s interview with British mother Lisa Diaz was brilliant. As teachers and school staff, we will always do everything we can to keep your children and youth safe, but governments have proven time and time again that they are not listening to us. They didn’t listen when we told them we didn’t have enough hand sanitizer or soap when this all started, they didn’t listen when we said it’s impossible to distance yourself socially in the classrooms, they now don’t listen to educators telling them our windows are nailed down and our air conditioning systems are not working. And they don’t even pretend to listen when they decide to reopen schools earlier without consulting with principals and staff.
This idea that students can catch COVID on a bus but not in a classroom is crazy. Evidence that students are the next victims, carriers and transmitters of COVID can be seen in the US and UK. Educators are doing all they can to keep our communities safe. We need a Lisa Diaz here in Australia.
Erika, a retired teacher from Sydney: I salute Lisa Diaz for her courageous stand for life. The pandemic is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Obviously, this does not matter to the ruling elite and their spokespersons, including the teachers’ unions. The economy must open up and the most basic health protection measures must be compromised.
In Australia, we watch with horror the outcome of the reopening of schools in the northern hemisphere, knowing that this is what we will be facing here over the next few months. Lisa’s description of “dystopian” is correct. Her voice has shattered lies and is supported by tens of thousands of parents, teachers and students.
The October 1 strike must be the start of a response against the waste of life in pursuit of corporate profits.
Susan, teacher from Melbourne: The conditions in British schools are absolutely appalling. As a parent and teacher watching the situation in the UK and around the world, I am deeply disgusted that governments are forcing pupils and teachers to attend unsafe schools. Lisa strongly opposed this, and I applaud her strength and fully support the October 1 school strike.
Australian governments are following suit and opening schools under the same conditions. This will lead to hospitalizations and deaths. Lisa has provided an extremely important lead that must be seen as the start of a global opposition to the murderous policies of governments around the world.
Colleen, a retired worker from the Victoria area: I give my 100% support to Lisa Diaz and her call for a parent strike until all students and staff are made safe with all sanitary measures listed. This back-to-school policy is murderous, purely to support the corporate world.
A two to three month global lockdown for eradication, with support for workers, would have been far better than the 18 months of hell we’ve been through – and will live or die because of current ‘herd immunity’ policies . As the grandparent of four grandchildren who are forced to go back to school in Victoria, I don’t want my family members to be among the ‘needed’ statistics. They are not consumable!
Ardan, primary school teacher in Melbourne: Lisa, you are absolutely right and you have the support of Australian teachers. How can we send children back to school and put them at risk when they are currently the most vulnerable members of society? So-called leaders must be given a message that the health and well-being of students is of the utmost importance!
Will, secondary school teacher in Melbourne: Lisa’s appeal should be the start of a coordinated international movement against governments and unions to keep the world’s people safe. Fighting the virus means fighting the propaganda that is thrown at the population every day by the media, politicians and unions.
For profit, children are offered as guinea pigs, unprotected under super-diffusion conditions. In the United States, three children and three educators die every day from COVID. How will a long COVID impact literally millions of children? No one can tell. I fully support the parents’ strike.
Campbell, a high school teacher in the Victoria area: I applaud and support Lisa Diaz’s call for a parent school strike on October 1 as it is a much-needed forward-thinking step in eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no political will or will on the part of politicians, unions or the media to tackle this huge crime where a brutal experiment is carried out on British children and the lives of working people are seen as expendable. The response of parents and teachers internationally shows the urgency and growing support to tackle this crime.
Kaye, a secondary school teacher from Sydney: I fully support #SafeEDForAll parent Lisa Diaz’s call for a school strike. It is a courageous step. The UK government’s policy of forcing schools to reopen has created a catastrophe and this is reflected around the world.
I am a teacher in Sydney, Australia, and the New South Wales State Government just announced to the media last night that it is moving the schools back to October 18th. This is under conditions where 2,000 cases of COVID were last reported. week in the 0-19 age group, and we are currently on school leave. What happens when students start to come back through the school door? It is simply NOT safe.
Carolyn, university professor and grandparent from Sydney: I strongly support Lisa’s call for a parent and student strike and an end to the herd immunity homicidal experiment, and I call on others to do the same. Our children are precious, we should fight to protect them. The risks to our children are enormous, and while not fatal, the long-term negative impact on the health of so many children is appalling.
Instead of “learning to live with the virus”, we should unite to demand appropriate public health measures (masks, lockdowns, social distancing) and global vaccination programs and fight for the eradication of COVID-19 in the world.
Frank, a retired high school teacher from Melbourne: Lisa Diaz’s call for a parent strike resonates with teachers, parents and students around the world as governments push to reopen the economy to force parents back to work. Children are known spreaders of the coronavirus and, as shown internationally, die and develop severe symptoms such as impaired cognitive abilities.
Lisa has led the way in bypassing the unions who have endorsed all the government’s lies to justify their murderous experiment with the lives of children. Teachers, parents and students must unite and take matters into their own hands, form grassroots committees to advance this fight to life or death.
Nicole, a retired teacher from the New South Wales region: It’s time to be heard and the strike by Lisa Diaz and parents in the UK is an effective way to be seen and heard. Children have died, staff have died, their families have suffered loss and grief. When information is controlled by governments and their media friends, they can try to sell the lie that schools are safe.
Wendy, occasional English teacher in Sydney: I support Lisa Diaz’s call for strike action. Here in Australia, many parents and teachers in Sydney are very concerned about the lack of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID and specifically the potential mutations that could more easily develop in overcrowded classrooms. It only takes one case to start a propagation. The opening of schools appears premature and will not achieve the desired effect of eradicating the virus.
Patrick, literacy teacher at a primary school in Melbourne: I strongly support the preparations for a worldwide school strike on October 1. There is no scientific basis for returning to face-to-face teaching in conditions where the virus circulates widely, where there is insufficient time and resources for universal vaccine distribution, and where necessary investments in room safety class have not been made. The return of children, teachers and school staff to schools is a class policy, aimed at ensuring that workers return to their workplaces and allowing companies to resume their activities as usual.
The global strike initiative must be actively supported here and developed as the foreground of a sustained campaign against the hasty and dangerous reopening. As in Britain and abroad, teachers’ unions in Australia are actively working with the government to ensure schools reopen and suppress opposition from school workers and families. The fight against a dangerous and premature return to face-to-face education involves a fight for the constitution of basic safety committees in each school.