Monday, July 15, 2013

Learn from the teachers - support NUT and NASUWT

The two largest teachers' unions have confirmed arrangements for the next phase of their industrial action (http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/18841).



This will include;

continuation of the current action short of strike action instructions;

further national rallies in September;

a second phase of rolling national strike action in the week beginning 30 September;

a third phase of rolling national strike action in the week beginning 14 October; and

a one-day, all-out national strike before the end of the Autumn term.



The approach of the teachers' unions is to co-ordinate not only between unions, but also to take action in connection with more than one dispute at the same time.



This unusual approach (explicitly repudiated by UNISON's Industrial Action Committee after the experience of July 2002) corresponds to the experience of all public service workers, for whom job cuts, the pay freeze, and the worsening of our pensions are all part of the same experience.



It is precisely the approach to "broadening the battle lines" which we should have adopted early last year. The least we can now do is all within our power to lend support.

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