The national executive committee (NEC) of the NUT teachers’ union met today, Wednesday, and agreed a London strike on 28 March.
The union says the strike will be the start of a national strategy involving more regional strikes.
The decision follows a national survey of members showing 95 percent support for the union’s rejection of the government’s attacks on pensions.
Some 73 percent backed more strikes in the survey.
The NEC discussed a proposal, backed by Socialist Worker Party members among others, for the NUT to join a national one-day strike with other unions on 28 March. The proposal was defeated in a vote.
This was a mistake. The NEC should have respected the overwhelming mandate delivered by the consultation and announced national action alongside the PCS, UCU and EIS unions on 28 March.
Striking London NUT branches will now hold a central London protest and will welcome delegations from across Britain.
The London action is intended to co-ordinate with any strikes called by other unions on the day.
NEC member Nick Grant spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. He said, “We have to fight to make the London action a success. But we need more than regional action – we need nationally co-ordinated strikes too.
“Many NUT members will be very disappointed by the decision not to call the whole union out on 28 March. Delegates to the upcoming NUT conference this Easter should argue to put national action back on the agenda.”