Are teachers really hard done by? Its important for them that they realise we are all in the same boat, a bankrupt country?
Bankrupt is hyperbole really isn't it?
Pay isn't that good considering the hours that are actually done, the stress, the lack of discipline, the poor management and government interference.
The people doing it are helping, probably more than any other sector, to ensure that this country can be successful in the future, without a first class education system this country will eventually go to the dogs, how much are we willing to pay to ensure that doesn't happen?
If conditions worsen the only people who are teaching will be the people who can't get jobs outside of teaching, i.e. the crap ones, what you really want is for people to want to teach because it is a highly cherished and well paid job where they feel valued.
The strike might in the long term have more negative than positive outcomes for teaching, but I can't say I blame them for making a stand.