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‘The stakes are too high for education and for teachers’ Report and pictures from Coventry and Birmingham

‘The stakes are too high for education and for teachers’

Report and pictures from Coventry and Birmingham

Picket at Barrs Hill this morning

Picket at Barrs Hill this morning

Teaching unions NUT and NASUWT took successful strike action today. See this article here for background information .

There were picket lines at various schools across Coventry, followed by a huge regional rally in Birmingham.

Nicky Downes

Nicky Downes

NIcky Downes, Equalities Officer for Coventry NUT (personal capacity) commented

Today saw a successful strike that saw the vast majority of schools closed or predominantly closed. Many teachers went to Birmingham where a march was led by the striking teachers from John Gulson school. One teacher at the rally got a standing ovation for calling for further action until Gove backs down.

Teachers from John Gulson in Coventry lead the march

Teachers from John Gulson in Coventry lead the march

Jane Nellist added

Over 3000 teachers attended a demo and rally in Birmingham city centre on the second of the regional strikes by NUT and NASUWT members. Teachers from across the Midlands joined a lively protest. They applauded and cheered as speakers addressed the rally in the ICC. The attendance exceeded all expectation and an overspill room had to be set up. Teachers were in full agreement with the disastrous impact on education that this government was having.

Jane Nellist on the picket line

Jane Nellist on the picket line

The loudest of all applause was for the  commitment for further strike action. Including the idea of co-ordinated strike action with other unions.

What was clear was that the determination to fight this government, especially of young teachers, was evident. Teachers left clear that they cannot afford to give up this fight-the stakes are too high for education and for teachers.

The protest in Birmingham

The protest in Birmingham

Socialist Party members visited picket lines to show support and bring greetings from their own trade unions, whilst party members in the teaching unions are pushing for a continuation of the battle. We make an appeal to all teachers to consider joining the Socialist Party to help us build the ideas of struggle, solidarity and socialism in the unions. To apply to join click here

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Picket line on Day 13 of strike at John Gulson Primary School

Picket line on Day 13 of strike at John Gulson Primary School

Teachers belonging to the NUT and NASUWT took their thirteenth day of industrial action today against unfair appraisals and excessive observations. The Socialist Party was there to show support and solidarity for the teachers.

The picket line on Day 13

The picket line on Day 13

Day 11 of strike at John Gulson Primary School

Day 11 of strike at John Gulson Primary School

Please see below for pictures from the 11th day of strike action involving the NUT and NASUWT at John Gulson Primary School in Coventry.

The picket line

The picket line

Banners of the NUT and NASUWT on the 11th day of action

Banners of the NUT and NASUWT on the 11th day of action

 

 

Photos from Day 9 of strike at John Gulson Primary School

Photos from Day 9 of strike at John Gulson Primary School

Here we publish some photos from Day 9 of the strike. The Socialist Party fully supports the action of the NUT and NASUWT.

Dave Nellist visits picket line to show support

Dave Nellist visits picket line to show support

NUT and NASUWT picket

NUT and NASUWT picket

 

Day 5 of industrial action at John Gulson Primary School

Day 5 of industrial action at John Gulson Primary School

Banners at the picket line today

Banners at the picket line today

Teachers at John Gulson Primary School today took their fifth day of industrial action against an unfair appraisal system and excessive observations. It followed the successful lobby of the council and Labour Cabinet Member for Education, David Kershaw.

There is a strong determination to continue the fight from the teachers involved, and the Socialist Party urges all readers of this website to continue to send in messages of support. Two more days of action are planned for next week.

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