Messages of support
Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland:
“On behalf of the Educational Institute of Scotland, and its 55,000 members, may I send solidarity greetings to the National Union of Teachers, our sister union, as it continues to stand up for education, and for teachers, with strike action this week.
As you know Scottish schools are now on holiday but I am certain that the NUT action will be all the stronger for being coordinated with other public sector colleagues, also taking a stance and challenging the impact of austerity on wages, pensions and services.
I wish you every success with your campaign”.
Hywel Francis, Labour MP for Aberavon:
“The public sector workers’ cause is a just cause, and I support my constituents and everyone across the country who are taking action to protect their pay and conditions. I therefore fully support the joint GMB, NUT, Unite, PCS and FBU industrial action on 10th July”.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader:
"This government's austerity agenda is making public sector workers, along with benefit recipients and the increasing numbers of poorly paid, insecure private sector employees pay for the financial crisis that was not of their making.
Chancellor George Osborne is cutting the tax rate for multinational companies and inviting them to dodge even that reduced rate of taxes while he slashes the real pay of the dinner ladies, the cleaners, the local officers who keep our communities running.
I'll be showing my support on Thursday by visiting picket lines around my local area of Camden, north London, before joining the march and rally in central London.
We cannot continue to see soaring poverty and dependence on food banks in Britain; we need to make the minimum wage a Living Wage, and ensure workers have a chance of decent progression beyond that."
John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington:
“You have my 100% support”
Tower Hamlets Mayor, Lutfur Rahman:
“On Thursday hundreds of thousands of council workers, teachers, health workers, firefighters, and other public sector workers will be on strike.
They are sacrificing a day’s pay to protest against the havoc government cutbacks are wreaking on our public services.
With inequality spiraling we need, more so than ever, strong public services to ensure our society protects and cares for all its citizens and enables everyone to realize their potential.
Please show your support for our public sector workers on Thursday”.
Tower Hamlets Labour Group Spokesperson for Schools, Danny Hassell
“I wanted to send you a message of support ahead of strike action on Thursday.
I know that the decision to strike is not an easy one to make, but the policies being pursued by this government are destructive to the public services you run and the families and young people they serve. The decisions on pay and pensions are ones which will cause damage to the teaching profession. This government can be defined by the choices they make. Instead of rewarding hard working teachers, support staff and other public sector workers they have chosen to prioritise tax cuts for the most wealthy.
I want to also take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues – teachers, teaching assistants and school support staff – for all your work in improving the life chances of young people in this borough.
Along with my Labour councillor colleagues I will be visiting pickets across the borough on Thursday to show my support for this action”.
Nancy Platts, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven:
“I am writing to convey my support for you in your action this Thursday in seeking to win a fair deal for teachers and other public sector workers.
Since coming into power in 2010, this Conservative/Liberal Democrat government has relentlessly targeted the public sector and public sector workers, cutting pay and pensions and local authority services that are essential to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
Whilst claiming there is no alternative, the Government have cut taxes for the richest 1% of people and handed a tax cut to millionaires. They have also spent £2bn on implementing the Health and Social Care Act which opens up the National Health Service to full scale privatisation.
At the same time job losses and below inflation pay rises have left many people struggling to pay their bills, creating debt and hardship. We are one of the richest countries in the world yet across our City there is an increasing reliance on food banks and we are witnessing a growing number of homeless people sleeping on the streets, the beach and in our parks.
This shameful picture of 21st Britain has been created by the Coalition Government and it cannot be allowed continue. It is time to show that solutions lie in having the political will to invest in jobs and services instead of promoting a low wage economy where those who can least afford it, pay the price.
I will always be willing to stand up and fight for the many, not the few, for fair pay and for well-funded public services so that everyone can enjoy a decent standard of living”.
Robert Ward, on behalf of Jersey NUT:
“I would like to pass on a message of support to all those taking action to stand up for Education on Thursday.
We support you in your fight against pointless bureaucracy and the unfairness of performance related pay. We urge the UK government to reverse unfair pension changes.
We hope that Mr Gove can see sense and enter into meaningful dialogue about policies in education, rather than just their implementation.
We will ensure that your just reasons for striking are understood here. Good luck. Here's to a victory for Education and Teachers”.