Ding ding: round two of fight over strike action
Last week's letter from Simon Horne, responding to my call for action in the previous week's edition, claims that "most members" do not support national strike action. Clearly its author needs to speak to more teachers.
Far from being a "hotbed of revolutionary ferment", as Mr Horne suggests, Lewisham is a local authority like any other, full of schools staffed by hard-working and dedicated teachers, but teachers who understand that education secretary Michael Gove's performance pay proposals will destroy morale and damage education.
That's why Lewisham teachers have so clearly voiced their support for strike action. Their comments on the Lewisham NUT website spell out why they believe national action must be taken (bit.lyW3FzhV). That is why 20 teachers at one Lewisham secondary, who recently attended a union meeting, were adamant that it was time for the union to act. They were encouraged by the news that discussions were taking place within the NUT about calling national strike action in March and determined to support their union in preparing for that action.
"To fight or not to fight", as TES puts it, is indeed the question. Anyone who cares about the future of education knows there is no choice. We cannot allow Mr Gove to impose his destructive plans.
Martin Powell-Davies, Secretary, Lewisham NUT.