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Teachers’ strike can beat hated Tory Michael Gove

Issue No. 2394

NUT members take the streets of Harlow to build support for the strike

NUT members take the streets of Harlow to build support for the strike (Pic: Adam Cochrane)

Teachers took to the streets across Britain last weekend to publicise an upcoming strike.

NUT union members are set to take part in a national walkout on 26 March to defend pay, pensions and conditions.

But many also see it as part of a wider battle to stop Tory education secretary Michael Gove wrecking education.

Teacher Chris Ayton joined leafleting and petitioning in Manchester. 

“We got five sheets of signatures of people who supported the teachers’ strike on 26 March,” he said.

Ursla Hawthorne was in Harlow, Essex. “We met no hostility from people,” she said. “And those who stopped to talk signed the petition.”

Fran Byrne, a primary school teacher in Lambeth, south London, said many parents opposed Gove’s reforms. 

“I teach four and five year olds,” she told Socialist Worker. “Parents are horrified because Gove wants them to be tested.”

Jess Edwards, who also teaches in Lambeth, said Gove can be beaten.

“The strike will have a massive impact,” she said. “But it will take more than one day to stop Gove. We should make 26 March a success and use the momentum to escalate.”


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