Teachers are also moving towards action over pay. Kevin Courtney is a member of the NUT teachers’ union national executive. He told Socialist Worker, “Teachers are in the second year of a two year pay deal. We received a 2.5 percent pay increase in September 2006 and are due to get 2.5 percent this September.
“When the deal was made it was agreed that if interest rates in April of this year were below 1.8 percent or above 3.25 percent it would trigger a re-opening of the deal.
“The teachers’ unions have all called for education secretary Alan Johnson to re-open the pay deal for this September.
“You can guarantee that if interest rates had been below 1.8 percent that our pay award would have been reduced.
“Alan Johnson’s deadline for speaking to the teachers’ pay review body about the 2008 pay deal is this Thursday.
“And it seems ridiculous that he would give evidence about next year but not this year.
“If Johnson doesn’t say something by the end of May then the teaching unions need to get together to coordinate their response.
“NUT delegates voted unanimously at conference in April to ballot members for national strike action over pay, in unity with other public sector workers.
“The executive is committed to this campaign – there is still all to fight for.”
For a petition over pay teachers should go to www.socialist-teacher.org