The NUT union has confirmed a policy to call a national strike this term unless Tory education secretary Michael Gove makes serious movement in an ongoing dispute. The union executive (NEC) met on Thursday of last week.
This policy was agreed by the NUT and NASUWT unions last year as Gove waged war on teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions. Both unions are in talks this week and the NUT NEC was set to meet on Thursday of next week and set the exact date of the national strike.
The NUT executive also agreed that this national strike was the start of an escalating campaign. Proposals for this will be taken to the NUT conference at Easter.
The national strike would be stronger if the NASUWT leadership honours its agreement to join the action. But we need the action to beat Gove—and the NUT should go ahead in any case.
The NUT has called a London-wide rally on Wednesday of next week. Rallies across Britain can launch a serious drive to make the national strike as big and powerful as possible.
School reps should plan meetings for as soon as possible after the NEC meeting. NUT members need to prepare to strike against Gove. A serious campaign can push him back.