Alongside national action on pensions, these borough-wide strikes have to be built on and developed across the country. Instead of leaving schools and central services to fight cuts and attacks in isolation, today's actions show that we can take united action across Local Authorities.
Schools were closed across the two boroughs and students and parents came out to join teachers and support staff on the two local demonstrations.
|Alex Kenny speaks to strikers gathering to start the Tower Hamlets march|
In Camden, a demonstration of over 500 marched to Hamilton House, the NUT's National Headquarters.
The march finished with a rally including speeches from two General Secretaries: Christine Blower of the NUT and Sally Hunt of the UCU.
|Christine Blower welcomes the Camden marchers|
|The Camden Rally fills the Mander Hall at Hamilton House|
It's clear that, when a lead is given, trade union members are ready to respond. Both Camden and Tower Hamlets achieved 85% YES votes for action - Lewisham NUT has just achieved an even larger majority in a similar indicative ballot.
This Government may have thought that they were going to get away with their attacks, but now the unions are on the move. We have to use our strength to build united action - and press on until these cuts are defeated.