The NUT national executive has deferred a decision on a timetable for action on proposed changes to the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) until its next meeting on 20 January.
A month ago it instructed general secretary Christine Blower to consult all public sector unions about the possibility of synchronising ballots to target a strike date in March, when the Hutton Review is expected to make its final report on pensions.
Among education unions, only the UCU is at a point where industrial action is on the agenda in the near future.
Other unions had all indicated that they did not want to act too “early” even though they expressed a view that such action may be necessary.
Beyond education, only the PCS civil service workers’ union is actively preparing for action. The TUC has made no commitment to industrial action in the near future.
The NUT will take a series of steps to continue the campaign. There is a definite commitment to balloting for discontinuous action so that a variety of dates and regions can be looked at.
It is still possible for the NUT to decide a timetable on 20 January, balloting in February for action in March before the budget. This would help build a mood of militancy ahead of the TUC protest on 26 March.
NUT members have done well to get motions passed in schools and branches.We now need to win members of other school unions to pressure their leaderships to bite the bullet too.