The NUT union has begun a consultation on whether teachers should take up to two days of strikes before next year’s general election.
Teachers are locked in a dispute with the government over attacks on pay, pensions and conditions.
The consultation began as education secretary Nicky Morgan said “there remains a strong case for continued pay restraint in the public sector”.
Stefan Simms is on the NUT’s national executive committee (NEC). “The key for teachers now is getting out the yes vote,” he told Socialist Worker.
“Teachers should organise school meetings so as many people as possible get chance to ask questions and get involved in building the vote.”
The NUT staged a successful national strike on 10 July, alongside public sector workers in several other unions. Some teachers have passed a motion calling on the union to escalate action.
Stefan said that there is potential to build strong strikes among teachers. “I think we can get more teachers out if we spend time going to union meetings and talking to them,” he said.
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