Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT teachers’ unions from around the South West of England will be assembling for a “Rally For Education” at 11am on Saturday September 21 in Exeter.
The rally will be held at Sidwell Street Methodist Church, Exeter, EX4 6PH and the main speakers will be Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary, and Patrick Roach, NASUWT deputy general secretary. There will also be contributions from a school governor, a parent and others.
The chief steward of the rally, South West NUT regional secretary Andy Woolley, explained that hundreds of teachers are expected at the rally which is part of the joint unions campaign against imposed changes to pay, pensions and conditions of service.
“I believe that we will see the same excellent turnout that there has been at other rallies around the country as teachers in the South West are deeply concerned about the drop in their living standards and the increasing pressure on their workload,” he said.
“This is the first step in our campaign which will be followed by a regional strike on October 17when we expect that the members of both unions will close the vast majority of schools in the South West as we jointly represent over 80% of all teachers in state schools.”
(from a press release)