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24 April: Join this pay revolt

Teachers vote for national strike and thousands more are set to take action, writes Nick Grant, NUT executive member

Issue No. 2095

» Click here for list of rallies and protests on 24 April

On Thursday 24 April some 250,000 teachers will be on strike after an excellent 75 percent vote for action by teachers in the NUT union – and thousands of workers in other unions are also set to join us.

The day will be a focus for everyone who is angry over low pay, attacks on conditions, privatisation and the whole neoliberal agenda of this New Labour government.

We are striking against a three-year below-inflation pay deal – which is just one aspect of the pay limit that Gordon Brown is trying to impose on the whole public sector.

The vote reflects the huge anger we feel over pay. But we are also angry over many other issues – such as privatisation, increasing workloads and cutbacks.

These issues affect every worker in Britain, not to mention the millions who rely on public services. We are facing the same attacks from the same enemy – and we need to fight together.

Now that our national call for action on 24 April has been made, we invite everyone who cares about our public services to join us. This is a day for everyone who puts public service values before private greed.

We are delighted that college lecturers in the UCU union and civil service workers in the PCS are set to strike with us and we call on all school workers to join our action too.

Every trade unionist has a reason to join our protest and everyone can get involved on the day – by striking, leading walkouts from workplaces, or by joining the protests and rallies that will be taking place up and down the country.

This will be a day for everyone who wants to put people before profit and welfare before warfare.

Put Thursday 24 April in your diary and join us – together we can win.

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