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Message of support to the 10 May strikers
Martin Powell Davies, a Socialist Party member and executive committee member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has written the following message of support to public sector workers striking on 10 May.
Thursday's national strike in defence of pensions by up to 500,000 public sector workers across PCS, UCU, Unite Health, Nipsa, plus some RMT members, will send another message to the government - already reeling from their election defeats - that trade unionists are not going to accept paying more, to work longer, and to get less when we eventually do get to retire.
Like many other NUT Associations, Lewisham NUT's members' meeting unanimously agreed to send solidarity - including a £100 donation to each of the three strike funds - to local colleagues in Unite, PCS and UCU and are calling on our members to visit local picket lines on the way to work.
Teachers are not on strike tomorrow but some, including myself, will join the demonstration outside St Thomas' hospital at 12.00 and march over the river to the strike rally in Westminster.
Teachers will also be holding their own picket of the Department of Education after work at 5.30pm in Great Smith Street, Westminster, to protest against the first wage cuts owing to increased pension contributions imposed last month.
It's also part of the joint-union "68 is too late" campaign http://www.68istoolate.org.uk/
The solid action taken by London NUT members on 28 March encouraged strikers to take action on 10 May. In turn, the PCS/Unite/UCU action will encourage NUT members to take further action ourselves.
We know that the message that striking colleagues on 10 May really want to hear is that the NUT will be joining them in the next action, as we step up our united fight to oppose pensions robbery.
The NUT Executive will be meeting during the strike, in the afternoon of on 10 May. I, alongside others, will again be calling for the NUT to declare that it will be taking further national strike action in June.
Together, we can - and must - defeat both this hovernment's outrageous robbery of pensions and the cuts and privatisation of the services that we know our young people and communities so desperately need.