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My name is Latifah but everyone calls me Teefa for short. I am 10 years old. My mum is from Nigeria and Latifah is an African name meaning 'gentle'. Clothes are really important to me and my friends and we always get the latest fashion.
At school, I get into trouble for talking too much and being bossy. I don't mean to be naughty, but sometimes I get shy and then I talk too much to cover it up.

A day off school!

A few weeks ago we all got an extra day off school, did you? It was ace, like a middle of the week rest because it was on a Wednesday! My mum wasn't very pleased though as she had to take the day off work to look after me. The school was closed because all the teachers went on strike. I didn't know what a strike was before but mum explained it to me. A strike is when people refuse to do their jobs because they are unhappy about something at work, like how much they get paid or how much holiday they can have. Lots of people who work for the government went on strike on 30th November, not just teachers, so you might have seen them protesting in the streets holding up signs telling the government why they were angry.

Some people, like my mum, were annoyed that the teachers went on strike because it meant they couldn't go to work either, but other people, like my aunty, supported the strikers. My aunt said people were striking because the government changed the rules about how much pension money they get when they retire and how long they must work for. She thinks it's not fair to change the rules. My mum says the country can't afford to pay so much pension money anymore because people live longer than they used to.

I didn't really understand what was happening so was just happy to have an extra day off school, but then I started thinking about what my mum and aunty said. Should people be allowed to strike if they are unhappy about something at work? How many years should people work before they are allowed to stop? Is it the government's job to take care of people when they stop working? So many questions! I'm glad the teachers decided to go back to work so I can ask Miss Dixon tomorrow!

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