This is simply monstrously silly:
Teachers remained on course for their first national strike in 21 years last night as the Government refused to cave in to pay demands.
The National Union of Teachers, Britain\’s biggest classroom union, said the walk-out was set to go ahead next month after ministers failed to improve a 2.45 per cent offer.
Why are we even having national pay talks for teachers? As we know, the cost of living varies enormously across the country (female white collar wages being 60% lower in the NE than they are in London) meaning that a national wage will overpay those living in cheaper areas and vastly underpay those in more richly rewarded ones,
As we\’ve seen with nurses this actually leads to worse health care in the higher income neighbourhoods.
Simply abolish national wages and the negotiations that come with them. Devolve the wage negotiations to the school level. This might mean a rise in the total budget (it would certainly lead to a substantial increase in London, that\’s for sure) but if that\’s the price that has to be paid to get the right number of teachers into the schools then so be it.
There\’s nothing very revolutionary about this idea: after all, we do think markets are pretty good at allocation, don\’t we?