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2,000 teachers in Tower Hamlets ballot for strikes

by Paul McGarr, teacher, Tower Hamlets
Issue No. 2238

Teachers in Tower Hamlets are showing how to save jobs and services.

Around 2,000 NUT members will get ballot papers this week for strikes across the borough against cuts. They plan to strike in the run-up to the TUC demo on 26 March.

Some 3,000 Unison union members in Tower Hamlets are waiting to hear if their national union will give them a similar strike ballot, following a successful indicative ballot which backed action by around five to one.

Over 200 people packed a lively public meeting called by local trade unions in Tower Hamlets about the cuts on Thursday of last week.

Both the mayor and the MP promised to march with us on the TUC protest.

At the end of the meeting they took part in a photoshoot where all present held up signs saying, “I’m marching on 26 March”.

And in Camden, north London, NUT members will also start voting this week in a similar ballot for borough—wide strikes against the cuts, following 80 percent support for action in an indicative ballot.

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Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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