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Sixth form teachers could walk out to stop Tory cuts

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2492

NUT members building support in London

NUT members building support in London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Teachers in sixth forms in England are fighting to get the biggest possible vote for strikes in a ballot that ends on Monday of next week. NUT union members are balloting for action against Tory education funding cuts for 16-19 year olds. Some 86 percent backed strikes in a consultative ballot.

Sixth form teacher Ken Muller stressed the importance of getting a strong vote. “Reps should have a checklist of union members and make sure that everyone has voted,” he told Socialist Worker.

“Activists should organise in their workplace to get every union member involved.”

The union plans a walkout and a London protest on 15 March if teachers vote for strikes. The NUT has said it will fund transport so that strikers across England can join the protest.

The ballot comes as lecturers and support staff in further education colleges prepared to walk out on Wednesday of this week.

Union members should argue for coordinating action to defend education. If sixth form teachers strike on 15 March, college workers should walk out with them.

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