Birmingham school victory

Clive Walder, Birmingham South Socialist Party

The strike by National Education Union (NEU) members at Benson Community School in Birmingham has ended with a complete victory.

The school agreed to all the strikers’ demands on 21 December, but failure to implement the agreement in full led to three more days of strike action in January.

The key was determined and resilient union reps, support from the members, and the wholehearted backing of parents. Union membership increased during the strike.

If there is any backtracking from management, the members say they will strike again!