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Socialist teachers discuss when to strike in the new year

by Paul McGarr
Issue No. 2381

Around 50 people attended a national meeting of the Socialist Teachers Alliance (STA) in London last Saturday. 

There was an excellent discussion on building activity to defend teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.

The NUT and NASUWT unions are expected to call a joint national strike in the first half term after Christmas over attacks on teachers. 

Unions postponed a planned national strike before Christmas due to Tory education secretary Michael Gove apparently offering talks.

But the talks are illusory—and unions need to quickly announce a date for a strike in the new year.

Hackney NUT has launched a petition to build pressure for that strike to go ahead.

The STA leadership proposed a motion to the meeting supporting the NUT leadership’s strategy in the pay campaign. Socialist Workers Party members within the STA proposed an amendment.

The amendment raised a debate about the need to be ready to act independently if the NASUWT retreated from action. It was lost by around two to one.

The meeting laid the basis for continued activity to build strikes and for continuing debate within the left about the best strategy to win.

  • STA candidate Philipa Harvey was elected senior vice president of the NUT last week. Anne Swift of the Broadly Speaking group was elected junior vice president. Nomination meetings for elections to the union’s national executive committee are taking place now. Voting is set to take place next term.

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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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