"Initiatives in the pipeline to increase the number of pupils taking separate Sciences will have a considerable knock on effect on the workload of Technicians. Technicians are already recognised by professional bodies as the "expert" in the Science Department on practical Science issues, often training teachers in practical techniques and advising on safety, yet we earn less than £10 per hour. This state of affairs needs to remedied quickly if Science Education is to be at the forefront of government policy."http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Technicians/
Deadline is 6th March
Please copy to anyone you might know who's interested in the future of science / science education in the UK.
I doubt very much this will do me any good, I'll probably be retired before changes are made, but it really does need to be done if we want to go on teaching practical science properly.