It seemed certain as Socialist Worker went to press that the government would win the third reading of its Education Bill on Wednesday of this week – but only with Tory support.
This is hardly surprising because it’s a Tory bill, designed to wreck comprehensive education and pave the way for the privatisation of schools. Many Labour MPs were set to vote against it. The bill has created massive anger among teachers and education campaigners.
It’s crucial that activists continue campaigning against the government’s plans. There has already been a lot of leafleting, petitioning and other activities all over the country.
We need to continue to work with teachers, parents and local activists to lobby MPs, call public meetings and organise protests.
In London every activist and NUT teachers’ union rep should come to the reps briefing at NUT HQ on Wednesday 7 June. This is led by NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott and supported by London NUT executive members.
This will allow us to pull together a campaign across London. It will also allow us to organise for the national lobby of parliament on Tuesday 27 June.
This lobby has been called by the Public Services Not Private Profit campaign. It is supported by the NUT and other public sector unions. Steve Sinnott wants to make sure there are 1,000 NUT members there. We need to take up that challenge.
For people outside London that means booking transport, getting support from heads and governors, and organising cover.
We also need to be saying loudly we want a bigger lobby and demonstration in the autumn, and national strike action.