The day started with a number of picket lines closing down their own schools. Some even got breakfast served for them! Over 100 Ealing teachers have joined the NUT in the last 10 days. This number is still increasing as NUT headquarters struggles to keep up. A surprising 6,000 teachers nationally have joined in the last few weeks.
Most Ealing Schools were ‘shut’ or ‘mostly shut’; as in previous strikes. It is possible that this time more Ealing teachers were on strike. Final numbers will be known soon.
For the first time Ealing NUT had a pre-rally on Haven Green. Approximately 80 teachers attended. Members thought this was a success and requested this is repeat in the future. Those who couldn’t make the central march and rally were grateful to be able to be part of our local pre-rally. The Ealing Gazette covered it well with; favourable quotes, pictures and a short video clip. Although they claim only 30 teachers were present, but the picture below and a similar one in their article shows a lot more. Not all the teachers present were in the pictures.
To read the full article in the Ealing Gazette please click here
Striking Traffic Wardens (Unite) & Lecturers from Ealing College Campus (UCU) joined us. They were supported by Mary Lancaster – Ealing UNISON, Eve Turner – Ealing Trades Council and Mohamed an Ealing Hospital Junior Doctor.
On the march there was a noticeably bigger contingent of Ealing teachers gathered around our banner compared to previous occasions. We marched from the BBC near Oxford Circus tube to Parliament Square.
During the rally at Parliament Square Acting General Secretary Kevin Courtney thanked members and said “no teacher takes strike action lightly and the support for today’s strike demonstrates members anger about the harsh and harmful funding cuts to education” He went on to say about the need to take ‘further action’ next term.
Ealing NUT calls on its members to vote for Kevin Courtney in the current election for General Secretary of the NUT.