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Activists: members want a clear strategy with concrete action

Trade unionists tell Socialist Worker about their hopes for further strikes

Issue No. 2298

Taking action against the Tories (Pic: Smallman )

Taking action against the Tories (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Anne Lemon is on the NUT national executive. She spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity

‘It’s disappointing that we don’t have a programme of strikes. It was clear that members want a clear strategy, with concrete action called.

We don’t want to be passively watching health workers, civil servants and lecturers on 10 May. Teachers want to be marching with these workers. The task of the union leadership is to give confidence to members that they can do so.

We now need to deliver maximum solidarity on the day. We have to take the decisions that have come out of conference and urgently turn them into action.

Every branch and region needs to look at the possibility of joining other unions on 10 May as part of a regional strike in the NUT building up to the June national strike.

The more regional action we get, the more pressure we put on the executive to call the dates, to announce the calendar of strikes.

This call for action is what the conference passed overwhelmingly.’

Floyd Codlin is PCS branch chair at the British Library in London

‘I didn’t agree with the decision not to strike on 28 March. We had done so much to build for the strike and then we backed away.

In the past we have gone it alone. If we had, maybe other unions would have followed.

Now Unite health workers are striking on 10 May. We should join them. But we need to do more if were going to win. The government can wear a one-day strike. We need to go for two or three days and raise money for those in hardship.’

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