‘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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Pictures from Day 10 of strike at John Gulson Primary School
Teachers belonging to the NUT and NASUWT took their 10th day of industrial action today against an unfair appraisal process and excessive observations. Here are some pictures from the picket line. Once again Socialist Party attended to show support. We urge people from across Coventry and beyond to continue their support for the teachers who are standing up for education.
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.
Day 7 of strike at John Gulson
The strike at John Gulson Primary School entered the 7th day today. The Socialist Party will continue to support the action of the NUT and NASUWT.
Teachers at John Gulson take fourth and fifth day of strike action this week – support needed
Members of the NUT and NASUWT at John Gulson Primary School today took their fourth day of strike action against excessive observations and an unfair appraisal policy. Tomorrow, Wednesday 12th June, they will take their fifth day of action. Teachers organised a lobby of Labour Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr David Kershaw and Coventry City Council. They were supported by members of the Socialist Party, Unite, and Coventry TUC.
Please continue to send messages of support in to the teachers using the email addresses below.
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Socialists in the council trade unions call for support for NUT / NASUWT strike at John Gulson
Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will see teachers at John Gulson Primary School in Coventry take strike action against a new appraisal policy and increased observations.
Members of the NUT and NASUWT have already taken action on 21st May and will look to escalate further if the school refuses to negotiate.
Socialist Party members in the council trade unions urge readers to send messages of support to the emails below
To the school NUT rep Stuart Steer firstname.lastname@example.org
Coventry NUT Coventry.email@example.com