Teachers in the NUT union have voted overwhelmingly for strikes to defend their pay and working conditions. The ballot was to extend their ongoing fight over pensions.
They backed walkouts by more than 82 percent and action short of a strike by more than 91 percent.
The turnout was 27 percent—an impressive figure given that the ballot ran over the long summer holiday.
The NUT has pledged to take action alongside teachers in the NASUWT union this autumn. This could close the vast majority of schools in Britain.
Nick Grant from the NUT national executive told Socialist Worker, “This very strong result reflects a fundamental disenchantment with the government over a whole range of issues. Michael Gove is hated and despised in classrooms across the country.
“On pensions, pay, working conditions—and of course the fiddling of GCSE results—teachers will fight for a better future. We will take industrial action in coming months, and work with students and parents toward common ends.”
Teachers have made it clear that they are prepared to take action against Tory attacks. A renewed fight by teachers can reinvigorate resistance across the whole public sector.