Not sure whether anyone from the NASUWT looks in, but if you do then please read this thread and take note! http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/536193.aspx I pay my union subs and perhaps someone could tell Chris Keates that she needs to get real and get outa Cloud-Cuckoo-Land and get clued up in what the reality of life is like for most supply teachers. There are supply teachers on this forum working p/t at Asda to keep their necks above water as there is not enough work.There are multiple threads about how bleak the job sit. is and how desperate folks are, but equally if she were to read these threads, she would see how dedicated and passionate most supply teachers are about their job and teaching! Agencies are paying fully qualified teachers as little as £75 a day!!!! LEAs are closing their doors and the agencies rule.. The professional and personal self-esteem of professional teachers has been eroded over the last few years and is now at an all time low. Cover supervisors and TAs are the rule of the day! We SHOULD be included in any strike action and to ask for a day's pay donation off folk struggling to carve a living is the absolute cheek! It is abolute audacity to expect struggling teachers to fork out a day's salary when many of us are on £67.50p per week or even less! Many of us are on the dole and struggling big-time. We support the unions through subscriptions, but where is their support?