Teachers strike action

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Tens of thousands of teachers from across the North West took strike action to demonstrate their anger with the damage that Michael Gove is doing to education.

Lancashire teachers, supported by the local public and teachers and parents nationwide, marched and rallied in Preston.

They gathered at the old Corn Exchange and wearing their green t-shirts which proudly displayed “Stand Up For Education” marched up Friargate to the Flag Market.

The noise of the accompanying band was drowned out by the chants of “Gove must go” – echoed by some of the onlookers.

Lancashire NUT Secretary Sam Ud-din said: “Education is being sent backwards a hundred years by Michael Gove’s enforced reforms.

“He is spending yet more on his privatisation agenda – more ‘free’ schools’ announced this week, again where they are not needed.

“At the same time he continues to denigrate every achievement of students and teachers, making the conditions for learning and teaching ever more harsh.”

Rebecca Worth, a primary school- teacher from Morecambe said: “I came into teaching to make the lives of the students better – not to compete for better pay against my colleagues.”

Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary said, “We sincerely regret the disruption caused, but the responsibility lies fairly and squarely with Michael Gove.

“Gove’s reforms are bad for education, bad for children and bad for teachers.

“We are saying to teachers across the country get ready for action – today is not a one-off.”