Teachers in the NUT union are preparing to strike on Wednesday 26 March to defend their pay, pensions and conditions.
The strike will be the first national walkout for the NUT since 30 November 2011. The NUT has taken part in several regional strikes along with the NASUWT union.
Yet now the NASUWT has backed away from strikes.
Many activists would have preferred a joint strike—but say it’s important that the NUT takes action. Toby Cadoux is a secondary school teacher in Lambeth. “It’s a shame that we haven’t got the NASUWT with us this time,” he told Socialist Worker.
“The worst thing to do is to call off strikes. In October the unions suspended a plan for a national strike. But you have to keep the pressure on.
“Strikes should be like the sword of Damocles hanging over Gove’s head.”
A survey released last week by the Department for Education revealed that primary school teachers are working nearly 60 hours a week.