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Teachers vote for strikes

Issue No. 2249

The possibility of a mass strike involving nearly a million workers on 30 June came one step closer this week.

Teachers at the NUT union’s annual conference last weekend voted almost unanimously to be balloted for a strike over the Tories’ attack on their pensions.

Anger at the cuts ran through the teachers’ conference. It was summed-up by Lancaster delegate Helen Chuter, who said to loud applause, “We need to bring this government down.”

It comes after the ATL teachers’ union annual conference also saw delegates agree to ballot members over pensions.


The NUT and ATL will ballot their members together, starting in May and ending in June.

The teachers could be joined by 270,000 civil service workers in the PCS union. The PCS executive has unanimously endorsed a motion to the union’s annual conference next month calling for a ballot.

Members of the UCU union, which represents 119,000 lecturers, have already struck.

The union has committed to taking action alongside other unions.

Even though the strike may take place towards the end of term, it is vital that lecturers, and any other workers who can, take part.

At stake is the outcome of the political battle between the Tories’ austerity model, which says the working class must bear the brunt of a crisis we didn’t create, and the alternative of making the rich pay.

A coordinated strike by close to a million workers would deliver a major blow to the Tory–Lib Dem cuts agenda and shake the coalition to its core.

It is also the first step on the road to a general strike that could bring down the government.

The government’s wrecking ball can be stopped—with maximum unity and willingness to act together.

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