The size of the turnout answered anyone who might have thought that the mood of teachers was weakening. On the contrary, the atmosphere at the demonstrations showed that the mood is hardening.
Today's determined mood and excellent turnout, building on the earlier regional strikes on June 27 and October 1, will help keep up the pressure on both the NASUWT and NUT Executives to carry out what we have promised - and call a one-day national strike before Christmas. Any delay would be a huge mistake - and a huge letdown after the buoyant mood of today's strike.
|ON THE PICKET LINE IN LEWISHAM|
- Work to get every school out on a united one-day national strike in November
- Call on other unions - like firefighters, postal workers, civil servants - to strike alongside us
- Build united NUT/NASUWT school committees to keep up the pressure for joint action
- Sharpen-up our communications - make sure that every colleague, every parent, understands why teachers are taking action to defend education
- Campaign in our communities to broaden the support for our fight against’s Gove’s attacks
- Collect for hardship funds so that no colleague feels unable to join our strike action
- Continue our action next term; if Gove won't step back, then we should step up to a two-day strike
... and there's even a picture of me on the Channel 4 news website ! :