Why ALL members of the NUT and NASUWT must support the strike.

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October 13, 2013 by lambethteachers

emmaannhardy

When faced with these issues I cannot understand why we would not have every member of the NUT and NASUWT out on strike…

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This blog post is being written as a result of two conversations I have had this week about the upcoming teachers strike. One argument against going on strike was because of pressure from head teachers and another argument was because it was a matter for “personal conscience.”

During this blog post I will argue in favour of both teaching unions taking legal strike action. Because what is a union? A dictionary definition of a union is:

un·ion

  [yoon-yuhn]  Show IPA

noun

1. the act of uniting two or more things.

2. the state of being united.

3. something formed by uniting two or more things; combination.

4. a number of persons, states, etc., joined or associated together for some common purpose: studentunion; credit union.

5. a group of states or nations united into one political body, as that of the American colonies at the time of the revolution, that of England and Scotland in 1707, or that of Great Britain and Ireland in1801.

 At no point in this definition does it state that members act as individuals. The whole point of being in a union is collective and united action.

I confess…

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