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Teachers prepare to take on Michael Gove with strikes this autumn

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2369

Teachers marching in Manchester during a strike on 27 June

Teachers marching in Manchester during a strike on 27 June


Hundreds of thousands of teachers across England and Wales are gearing up for a programme of action against Tory attacks.

Education secretary Michael Gove is driving through attacks on teachers’ pay, conditions and pensions. 

The NUT and NASUWT unions have called a series of rallies and strikes beginning this month against the assault.

Teachers will rally in central London and Nottingham on Saturday 14 September, and in Cambridge and Exeter on 21 September.

The unions plan a joint strike in the week beginning 30 September in the Midlands, Yorkshire, Eastern regions and half of Wales. 

A further strike is planned for London, the South East, South West, Northern region and half of Wales in the week beginning 14 October.

Unions plan a one-day national strike in the week beginning 18 November.

Teachers held a successful one-day strike in the north west of England on 27 June. 

Thousands joined rallies on the day and the walkout won widespread support.

The national strike by teachers in November could close most schools in England and Wales. 

It will have a big impact—and teachers are appealing to workers in other unions to take action on the day too.


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