Socialist Worker

Where next for the pensions fight?

by Anne Lemon, NUT executive (pc)
Issue No. 2296

Lots of workers are disappointed that the strike on 28 March won’t be national. Some in the unions thought this meant teachers wouldn’t respond to a London-only strike.

Not everyone is automatically up for more strikes. But wherever arguments are put in a collective way, workers are won to striking.

I spoke at a meeting in Wiltshire on Monday and suggested that people donate money to the strikers. Teachers decided to give £1,000. People want to feel involved in the strike, but they have to feel that there’s a strategy to win.

In the NUT, socialists are arguing for a series of rolling strikes in conjunction with national action—and we want the action quickly.

We want teachers to pass motions in schools calling for continued action and to send these to our general secretary Christine Blower. We want the NUT’s annual conference next month to commit to rebuild the campaign.

This can add pressure on other unions to take action. Most union leaderships haven’t signed the government’s “heads of agreement” deal.

Since 30 November we’ve been fighting to get other unions on board. Now we have to take a lead. We have to pull them into the battle through action.

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