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Teachers vote overwhelmingly for strikes

Issue No. 2255

Hundreds of thousands of teachers will strike to stop the Tories’ assault on pensions.

The strike votes are magnificent. In the NUT union, some 92 percent backed strikes. In the ATL union, which hasn’t had a national strike ballot since 1979, 83 percent voted in favour of strikes.

The PCS civil service workers’ union is set to announce its strike result tomorrow. Socialist Worker understands that this will be yet another resounding vote for action.

The votes mean that Thursday 30 June is shaping up to be the biggest day of resistance yet against the Tories.

Well over half a million workers are set to strike together—and millions more workers, students, pensioners and other activists can take part in the day too.

On 30 June the entire working class, on strike or not, can unite to show the scale of resistance that exists. And that can build for even bigger strikes, involving millions of workers, in the autumn.

The Tories want to smash the welfare state, public services and workers’ organisation. But they’re making a mistake by taking on everyone at once.

They are uniting resistance against them—and together, we can beat them.

For full report see next week’s Socialist Worker, which will be online later this evening.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011, 15:02 BST
Issue No. 2255
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