TEACHERS reacted with fury as they returned to school this week to discover that leaders of the National Union of Teachers had decided not to call a ballot for a one-day strike against the imposition of performance related pay.
NUT leaders took the decision at the end of last week, during the half term. It flies in the face of what teachers in England and Wales have repeatedly said about New Labour's divisive pay scheme.
A majority of teachers in an NUT survey said they wanted to see a ballot for a one-day strike. The national conference of the union also voted for a ballot. But general secretary Doug McAvoy has called off the ballot.
This betrayal risks spreading demoralisation across staffrooms. The vast majority of teachers oppose performance pay, despite 18 months of government propaganda.
Activists in every area of the country are organising local resistance to the scheme, including boycotts of key aspects of it. Teachers in Hackney have launched a petition condemning NUT leaders for calling off the ballot.
It also pledges to build grassroots organisation among teachers which can put pressure on the union leaders and stand up to New Labour.