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Teachers' union executive votes to fight cuts

by Nick Grant, NUT executive member
Issue No. 2211

The NUT teachers’ union unanimously passed a motion to fight public spending cuts at its national executive meeting on Thursday of last week.

The motion says that spending cuts, attacks on pensions and the scrapping of the Building Schools for the Future programme “represent the greatest challenge to our members, and therefore to this union, for 80 years”.

It says the union must “re-prioritise and refocus” its activities in response and that the NUT must build a wide coalition against the cuts.

The motion “asks the general secretary to explore with other unions what other kinds of pressure might be brought to bear during the Tory and Lib Dem conferences.”

This includes support and mobilisation for the lobby of the Tory Party conference and local protests on 29 September.”

It also backed the idea of organising a week of mass national protest in the autumn, which the PCS and Unison unions also support, to coincide with the government’s public spending review.

“The executive urges that a date is agreed as soon as possible to enable maximum notice and to ensure that the event is given the biggest possible profile at the September TUC Congress in Manchester,” read the motion.

It committed the NUT to developing “a coordinated action strategy” including “national and local strike action” against the cuts.

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Tue 20 Jul 2010, 18:40 BST
Issue No. 2211
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