OK these are the criteria and qualifications required to start a train drivers course: -to be over 20 years old to work on the national rail network (18 for the London underground) -to live within 1 hour’s commute of the area you’re applying for -Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English and maths. Following repeated Southern Rail strikes, drivers have been given a 28.5% pay rise over the next five years. The national average Train Driver salary is £47,705. I am not going to bother stating the average salary of various tiers of the teaching salary – you are all very familiar with them. The train driver’s union is ASLEF and they charge approx 325 quid whilst the NUT charges 179 quid. There might be an end to the teacher’s 1% pay cap – maybe they’ll increase it to 2% ? Question: are we being short changed by our unions ? I would gladly pay 325 quid in order to get a 28% pay rise with better conditions etc. I used to be of the opinion that teachers should NOT strike because I was a child in the 80s who was directly effected by strikes but I’m changing my mind – why don’t we fight back, how have we become so subservient?