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Teachers push to join May pensions strikes

by Nick Grant, NUT NEC (pc)
Issue No. 2298

The NUT teachers’ union will meet in two weeks’ time to discuss further strikes over pensions.

An emergency national executive committee (NEC) meeting will discuss implementing a motion on pensions passed at the union’s annual conference last week.

The motion asked regional union officers to consider local or regional strikes over pensions next term culminating in a national strike in June.

This means that some teachers could strike alongside health workers in the Unite union who are planning a national strike on 10 May.

The union’s general secretary, Christine Blower, had argued to wait until the NUT’s next scheduled NEC meeting on 9 May to implement the motion.

But 14 members of the NEC demanded an emergency meeting on either 25 or 26 April and the general secretary agreed.

We will hear the results of e-surveys of branch secretaries, reports from meetings held during conference and messages from schools and union branches at the NEC.

It is vital that all activists build as much pressure as possible immediately calling for action in their areas next term.

Some regions are asking their regional NUT secretaries to organise a strike in their area on or near to 10 May.

We must turn the frustrations of a significant minority of conference delegates about national officials’ continual wait for more strikes into positive action.

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