3 November 2016
As they prepare to strike on 8 and 9 November, Durham TA Megan Charlton explains why she’s looking forward to the “Building Fighting Unions in the era of Jeremy Corbyn” conference on 12 November:
“As we lead up to our first two days of strike action to fight 23 percent pay cuts, Durham Teaching Assistants absolutely understand the importance of building fighting unions.
Durham County Council would have imposed the new contracts in September if our grass roots campaign hadn’t fought so hard to build public and political support. If it hadn’t been for the support and solidarity we have received early on from Durham Trades Council, Durham Miners’ Association and Barnet Unison, we would never have been able to fight such a high profile campaign.
I am looking forward to being able to share some of our experiences in solidarity with other campaigns around the country. Solidarity is the way forward: not just in words but in actions.”
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