Over 500 members of the NUT teaching union marched on the Department of Education last night, Wednesday, through driving snow. They called on Tory education secretary Michael Gove to resign.
Parents and children from Roke School in Croydon and Gladstone Park School in north west London joined them. They are fighting plans to turn the schools into academies.
A delegation of civil service workers from the PCS union, who are set to join a 250,000-strong national strike on Wednesday of next week, joined the protest too.
Members of the NUT’s national executive committee addressed protesters. They talked about possible joint strikes with the NASUWT union.
But protesters took up the chant of, “Strike, strike, strike!” The NUT national executive committee recently met to discuss possible strikes. Yet it is still unclear exactly what is being proposed to fight the Tories’ assault on teachers’ pay.
NUT members have repeatedly called on their union leaders to call strikes to take on the Tories – with or without the NASUWT. It is essential that the NUT does so – and soon.
The NUT will hold its annual conference at the end of this month. Delegates should vote for a programme of action that can take on the Tories and give teachers confidence that there is a strategy that can win.