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NUT faces backlash from branches over U-turn on strike promises

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2522

Teachers at sixth forms struck earlier this year

Teachers at sixth forms struck earlier this year (Pic: Socialist Worker)


NUT union branches and associations have passed motions calling on its leaders to name more strike dates.

Teachers are fighting the impact on their conditions of government policies and funding cuts. They successfully struck across England on 5 July. But general secretary Kevin Courtney and others have argued against naming further dates.

Kevin Courtney speaking at a Unite the Resistance rally

Kevin Courtney speaking at a Unite the Resistance rally (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Ealing’s NUT committee in west London unanimously passed a statement last week calling on the executive to “reconsider its position”.

Stronger

The motion agreed that a strike alongside other school workers would be stronger. But it said, “We also consider the last few years of the rare occasional one day strike to be ineffective.”

NUT associations in Sheffield and Rotherham in South Yorkshire also unanimously passed motions calling for naming more strike dates. Teachers in other areas should do the same.

Teachers in sixth forms are calling on the union to ballot them for strikes so they can be part of future walkouts.

The NUT will also hold a special conference in London on Saturday 5 November to discuss merging with the ATL union.


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