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30 June strikers: 'We're glad to be out together'

Issue No. 2257

Union reps across the country are laying the ground for the biggest possible strike next week.

Mary Alexander, a newly-qualified teacher in Camden, north London, said, “I’ve recently become the NUT union rep in my school.

“The thing that’s got me angry is how many fronts the government is attacking us on.

“It’s not just pensions—it’s everything.

“I didn’t expect our strike vote to be so high—but now there is lots to do to prepare for the day.

“I’ve texted lots of people who say they will be striking. But face-to-face conversations mean so much more than emails or texts.

“In Camden we struck in March over cuts to our budgets and that really made a difference.

“It has motivated people a lot more because it was such a success, so it’s easier now to discuss building this strike.

“We need to discuss what we should do on the strike day. That will mean we have more people taking part and the strike will be stronger.”

Alex Paterson, a PCS member in west London, said, “People are happy that we’re going on strike with other groups of workers, and we should protest together.

“We are certainly glad that we’ll get the chance to make the government hear our message.”

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