It wouldn't matter how much you paid me there is no way I'd be a school teacher, I couldn't handle that many kids in one room!
We are at a state school and were affected by the strikes last year and whilst it was tricky on my work days I can appreciate what they were fighting for. I don't like strikes in principal either but I'm not sure they have many choices.
I will admit I am quite frustrated that in this term so far DS has had numerous different teachers due to illness, planning days, development days etc. He finds this unsettling (new year, new routine etc) which is my only concern plus we were in the midst of discussions regarding bullying of DS and he felt the teacher disappeared. I explained to him and so did his teacher that sometimes things happen and he was ok. It's all part of his development, he likes routine but has to learn to adapt.
I would never home school, DS would drive me insane so I have much respect for teachers.