27 June 2013
Well supported strikes in the North West of England
Up to 5,000 striking teachers marched though the centre of Manchester today and around 1000 packed into an indoor rally.
Some 2,000 marched through Liverpool while there were further protests in Chester and Preston.
Amongst the members of the NUT and NASUWT there was a confident upbeat mood on the protests with really strong support for national action.
Today’s action is a brilliant first step in the campaign that should lead to more regional and national strikes in the autumn.
‘Gove out!’ was the most popular slogan on every demo.
Teaching unions have made it clear that the fight for fare pay is part of the fight to stop Gove’s attack on education.
In Manchester teachers and anti bedroom tax protesters joined together at a Unite the Resistance meeting after the march.
The message of unity against the Tories was central. We need to protest together, march together and we need to strike together too!
London teachers march
On Tuesday 25 June, over 1,000 teachers protested in solidarity with the strike in the north west of England. They marched London from the Westminster Cathedral Piazza to the Department for Education on Great Smith Street.