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09/02/2008 - SOLIDARITY UNION ATTACKS GOVERNMENT PLAN TO CONFISCATE 'UNHEALTHY' LUNCHBOXES

Government plans to confiscate packed lunches deemed 'unhealthy' has been condemned by the independent Trade Union Solidarity as 'over the top'.
 
Adam Walker, Teacher and President of the Solidarity Trades Union said of the proposed 'Lunchbox policy ', "It may be well intentioned but we should only educate about diet and healthy eating rather than impose our views - these plans smack of the Nanny State. Why punish the children for the 'sins' of the parents?"
 
I am disappointed that another Union, the NUT, seems to be slavishly supporting government plans. Don't they realise that we need to get kids and children making the right choices for themselves? If we force things on people their behaviour may change but not their values or mindset. It's an attempt at a 'quick fix' which will not ultimately fix anything!"
 
Solidarity feel that teachers have enough responsibility already without having to become 'food police' and urges the Government to think again.

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05/02/08
 
Contact: Patrick Harrington (Solidarity General Secretary) 07794 486858 or solidaritygb@aol.com (www.solidaritytradeunion.com)
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