Socialist Worker

NUT members ballot over white paper and funding cuts

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2506

NUT union members across England are balloting for strikes over the impact of the government’s education white paper and funding cuts.

The ballot ends on 22 June. Groups of teachers have held “ballot parties” to bring teachers together and collectively vote for action.

Teachers began preparing for the ballot following the NUT conference. In Ealing, west London, there have been meetings held or arranged in 43 of its 87 schools.

The Tories were forced to withdraw a plan to force every school in England to become an academy by 2022.

This has led to some confusion. NUT groups urgently need to organise to visit schools without reps to discuss the ballot.

Tory plans to slash funding and push more schools to become academies will hit workers—and harm education. A big vote for strikes can play a key role in pushing back the attacks.

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