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Teaching unions set to call more walkouts

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2361

Striking teachers on the march in Preston last month

Striking teachers on the march in Preston last month (Pic: Audrey Glover)

The NUT teaching union was set to meet on Thursday of this week and confirm dates for a series of strikes to defend pay, pensions and conditions.

The walkouts will be coordinated with the NASUWT union.

Both unions held their first regional strike in the campaign in the north west of England last month. They are set to announce further regional strikes and rallies in the autumn, and a national strike in November.

Nick Grant is a member of the NUT’s national executive committee (NEC). He told Socialist Worker, “Teachers will be buoyed by the success of the strike in the north west, and of many rallies that have already been held.

“But most union members will know that we will have to fight harder than ever to stop the government’s historic reversal of state education.

“Parents, fellow trade unionists and students should join our defence of good publicly funded schools. 

“Socialist Workers Party members of the NEC will call for a recall NUT conference before Christmas to review the action and agree escalated national action in 2014.”

Teachers at John Gulson Primary School in Coventry began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week over excessive observations. 

This was the workers’ 11th strike day. It followed a walkout last Wednesday.

Members of the NUT and NASUWT unions are involved in the strikes.

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Tue 9 Jul 2013, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2361
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