Steered by the Executive and the survey of the members the NUT National Officers decided to call a one day Regional Strike starting with our strongest Region in the capital. We will once again be striking with PCS and UCU as well as the national teaching unions in Wales/Scotland and Northern Ireland. Members will wonder why a National Strike wasn’t called. This is because we are looking at holding regional action during the summer term – spreading the action around different parts of the country, backed up by national action, where appropriate with other unions. This regional action in the summer will also be about workload, but for now the action is to defend pensions and for now we are the only education union taking action – although we do hope that the other unions pressured by their members will join us next time.
We still believe that we can win and thus we keep fighting. Each time that we have taken action there have been concessions, so we have no choice but to continue, but we need March 28th to be solid so:
* talk to fellow members in school – tell them that they need to take action to defend their pension – they cannot ask others to take the action for them. Not striking because they will lose a day’s pay (on average £50 net) is a false economy – when the governement is stealing £100,000’s from them. It would be worth sacrificing a day’s pay if e.g. the retirement age was lowered etc. All our benefits were won in the past by people taking action (and losing pay)
Tell colleagues also that a low turnout on Wednesday week will make it more difficult for other regions to take action. It’s up to London NUT branches and members to have a big day. It’s up to you – it’s up to us.
*Hold an emergency meeting in your school to discuss: Why we are fighting on, What happens on the day? Meet up at school to picket? Agree and send a simple motion to C.blower@NUT.org.uk asking for national strike action as well as regional action in the summer term:
(Dear Christine, the members at …………………school met and voted for National Action as well as Regional Action in the summer term)
If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org. The www.teachers.org,uk website will have FAQs on strike action as before as well as fresh information on this strike and the plan for further action from here. Information on this strike and future action will be going to members directly this week. See you on the 28th if not before.