There is a real prospect of the NUT teachers’ union joining other unions for a national pensions strike in late June. That was the unanimous view of members at a national meeting of the Socialist Teachers Alliance (STA) in London last Saturday.
The STA is one of the main left groups in the NUT.
The meeting followed an emergency meeting of the union’s executive committee (NEC) last Thursday.
The NEC agreed to defer any decision on a June strike until a meeting planned for Thursday 10 May—the date when civil service workers, lecturers and health workers are set to strike together to defend pensions.
The STA agreed that activists should work flat out to build solidarity and protests around the 10 May strike. It also unanimously agreed that the NUT should call a June strike whether or not the NASUWT teaching union calls one.
The STA only has a minority of NUT executive members. But this is an important step in winning the argument in the union.