Teachers in the NUT union in London were set to strike on Wednesday of next week as Socialist Worker went to press, along with lecturers in the UCU union.
The PCS union’s decision against striking on the day means there is a danger that the NUT leadership could retreat from this.
But despite disappointment at the narrowing of the action, NUT members outside London have wasted no time in building solidarity for the strike.
They are proving that teachers want to see a fight that can beat the Tories.
Sally Kincaid, Wakefield and District divisional secretary for the NUT, told Socialist Worker they are planning lunchtime walkouts at some schools on the day.
“We are twinned with Tower Hamlets and are organising to have cupcakes delivered to their picket lines,” she added.
And Oxfordshire NUT has also twinned with an NUT division in London agreed to donate to their hardship fund.
A demonstration is planned on the day in London—with a call for solidarity from other unions.
Jess is a teacher in south London. She said, “We passed a motion calling on the executive and delegates to the union’s conference next month to call more strikes.
“We have to argue for a clear strategy that involves escalating action so that teachers feel confident we can win.”