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Teachers say name the day

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2374

Strikes by teachers will shut schools across England on Thursday of next week. 

NUT and NASUWT union members will walk out in London, the North East, South East and South West of England.

They are fighting attacks on their pay, pensions and conditions—and to defend education.

The walkout follows a hugely successful regional strike on 1 October.

Teachers report a strong mood to fight in schools. 

Unions have drawn up a checklist that schools’ pay policies should adhere to.

Stefan Simms is assistant secretary of Ealing NUT in west London. 

He reported unanimous votes for strikes at big joint union meetings where head teachers refuse to adhere to the checklist. 

“Head teachers are already backing down due to the threat of strikes,” he added.

The regional strikes on 1 October had a big impact. 

Bradford councillor Ralph Berry said, “The incredibly strong support for this strike is unprecedented”.

Birmingham NASUWT member Na’zihah Atif told Socialist Worker, “Gove’s background is not in education. We’ve got to make a stand and try our hardest to stop him.”

Union leaders have suggested that they could call off strikes if Gove agrees to talks.

But teachers aren’t taking action to win talks. They want to stop the attacks.

Teachers in Hackney, east London, have initiated a petition calling on NUT and NASUWT union leaders to name the day for a national strike before Christmas.

Teachers can win. But they must keep the pressure on union leaders to call a campaign of escalating national strikes to do it.

Download the petition at

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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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