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Teachers' union must capitalise on momentum

Issue No. 2100

Teachers in the NUT union are debating their strategy in the fight against Gordon Brown’s pay limit, following their hugely successful national strike on 24 April.

They need to ballot again to have another strike.

NUT conference earlier this year voted unanimously to call for a ballot for discontinuous action, meaning several days of strikes.

Teachers also voted to expand the remit of the action to fight over issues such as workload and class sizes as well as pay.

A ballot that took these issues into account would strike a chord.

Thursday 24 April was a fantastic display of the fighting mood that exists among workers.

It was significant because several different unions struck together over pay.

This kind of unity, pulling in more unions, will be needed in the future if workers are to win.

At rallies up and down the country on the strike day, informal votes were held which backed a ballot for discontinuous action in the NUT to take the campaign forward.

Several schools have also passed motions calling for the ballot to begin so that action can be taken before schools close for summer.

There is no time to lose.

The NUT has enough time to have a ballot, which would give it the flexibility to join possible action with other unions in June and July.

The NUT executive meets on Thursday of this week.


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Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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