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Fantastic rallies across Britain on Fightback Thursday

Issue No. 2099

There were impressive marches and rallies in towns and cities across Britain on Thursday of last week.

More than 2,000 striking teachers, lecturers and civil service workers brought traffic to a halt in Bristol.

Hundreds of teachers from across Bristol, Bath Gloucestershire, and Somerset joined the march.

In Bradford up to 250 teachers and lecturers attended an energised rally demanding a living wage.

Over 300 striking workers held a vibrant march through Oxford. Teachers, lecturers and civil service workers were joined at their rally by a delegation from the postal workers union.

Over 70 teachers held a rally in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

A rally attended by almost 200 teachers took place in Bolton. Meanwhile about 500 packed into the Friends Meeting House in Manchester for a strike rally. Afterwards striking workers joined a 700‑strong march.


Over 130 workers attended a rally in Eastbourne. Cheers filled the hall of a seafront hotel as a long list of schools and colleges closed by the strike action was read out.

In Exeter some 300 strikers held a rally at the city’s football club.

Barrie Frost, an NUT executive member, pointed out that a one-day strike will not be enough and that the executive will have to seriously consider how to take the action forward.

In Nottingham some 500 workers marched through the city centre.

While in Reading over 170 striking teachers gathered at a community centre for a rally.

Over 250 strikers joined rallies in both Southampton and Chelmsford.

For our full online reports go to »  Fightback Thursday: wave of strikes against Gordon Brown’s attacks on pay

Thanks to N Ono, T Woodcock, T Harper, P Vernell, B Morris, C Kelly, M Bulaitis, G Brown, D Barrow, G Hickman, S Kincaid, R Wallace, S Guy, J Armstrong, J Chase, P Topley, T Ramplin, J Jones, M Bradbury, G Arthur, N Grant, P Wilson, P Smith, M Andrassy, I McKendrick, A Leather, A Barker, D Gilchrist, T Walker, P Staunton, J Cooper, A Dawson, F Friton, M Thompson, N Burke, J Gamble, C Kimber and everyone else who sent us pictures and reports.

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