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London teachers plan demonstration on strike day

Issue No. 2092

London branches of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have organised a demonstration and rally in London on 24 April.

This will be the day of the first national teachers’ strike in over 20 years – if teachers vote yes in their current ballot, which ends on 31 March.

Across Britain teachers are building the yes vote in the ballot, “The ballot has generated a new layer of activists who are taking it very seriously,” said Sarah Tomlinson, branch secretary of Lambeth NUT.

Teachers have also reported new people joining the NUT as a result of the ballot.

“We had a really positive rally in Plymouth last week,” said Dave Clinch, an NUT rep in Devon. “We’ve spoken at a number of schools and had a very good response. Momentum is building up for the strike.”

It’s crucial that teachers step up the activity in the final two weeks of the ballot, and support schools where union organisation is weaker.

A national strike by teachers and lecturers would give confidence to the thousands of other public sector workers who are suffering Gordon Brown’s pay freeze.

We need to make sure that we grab this opportunity.

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