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Why 30 June strikes matter

Issue No. 2251

Union plans for coordinated strikes to defend pensions are getting a great response from workers across Britain.

The NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions are already committed to organise for a united strike at the end of June. The PCS civil service workers’ union is set to officially join the action at its conference next week.

Activists report that the fight has made it easier to recruit new union members.

Sally Kincaid, the divisional secretary for the NUT in Wakefield and District, told Socialist Worker that there are already eight meetings set up across the city.

“Reps have volunteered to go to other schools to talk about the strike,” she said.

“We had a brilliant meeting this week with NUT, NASUWT and ATL members, including the ATL regional organiser. There was a lot of anger about the position of the NASUWT leadership, especially from their members.”

But struggle isn’t on hold until 30 June. Chris Denson is an NUT rep at Tile Hill Wood School in Coventry. He will be on strike against plans to turn his school into an academy for the third time on Friday of this week.

“The solidarity shown during our strikes has made people confident to stand up to the government,” Chris told Socialist Worker.

The NUT ballot begins on Tuesday of next week and the ATL ballot on Friday of next week.

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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