NASUWT and NUT organise series of mass meetings to allow people to raise their voices against Gove’s destructive policies

Tim Lezard

NUT NASUWT joint logoParents, teachers, headteachers, governors and other members of the public are today taking part in the first of a series of Rallies for Education across England and Wales as part of a campaign to defend the education of children and young people.

The Rallies for Education are jointly organised by the NASUWT and NUT, which together represent nine out of ten classroom teachers across the country.

Today’s rallies are being held in Manchester and Liverpool and will be addressed by NUT general secretary Christine Blower and NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates, as well as parents, teachers and others.

The rallies come as both unions embark on the next phase of their campaign of industrial action which will include a one-day strike in the North West on June 27th.

Further Rallies for Education will be held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle and Leeds in the coming weeks.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “Parents, teachers and the public care deeply about the education of our children and young people. That is why there is widespread opposition to the education policies of the Coalition government.

“These Rallies for Education are being held in defence of our world class public education system which the Coalition government is determined to wreck.”

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “We know that neither teachers nor parents are happy with education policy under Michael Gove. He is hell bent on riding roughshod over the wishes of parents, local communities and the teaching profession.

“Even the Public Accounts Committee has now publicly criticised him. Today’s rally gives an opportunity for the voices of opposition to be raised. We know there are alternatives. Michael Gove must now stop, listen and reflect.”

 


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