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NUT leader calls for teachers to join May Day events

Issue No. 2046

Baljeet Ghale

Baljeet Ghale

Steve Sinnott, the general secretary of the NUT, is calling for joint action over pay following the pay motion vote at last weekend’s conference – including at the upcoming May Day events.

He told Socialist Worker, “Up and down the country there are lots of events – traditional May Day events and also PCS events.

“The NUT should be raising the issue of pay and cuts at all of them. You can’t value public servants if you cut their pay, and that’s the message to take to the TUC.

“The key for the motion was to build on the model of the pensions campaign.

“We’ll be saying to the TUC – let’s develop this with an understanding of the unions’ different pay deals and negotiations.

“We need to properly apply notions of solidarity over pay.”

Baljeet Ghale this year became the first black president of the NUT. Her opening address to the conference was widely attacked in the media as “anti-British”.

She spoke to Socialist Worker about the response.

Baljeet said, “The media only picked up on a small part of what I said, and then not accurately.

“I used my speech to talk about war, class sizes and to remind people of Gordon Brown’s promise to match the funding for private schools for all our schools.

“I spoke about the sort of schools we want for our children.

“There was a whole range of things that I spoke about – so you have to wonder why they chose to focus on Britishness.”

To read Baljeet Ghale’s opening address to the conference go to 'Iraq is Blair's legacy'

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