UNISON North West Regional Secretary Kevan Nelson addressed a packed strike rally in Manchester today as the union gave its support to the NUT’s campaign on teachers’ pay, pensions and workload. Angie Rayner addressed a similar rally in Preston and Glen Williams brought UNISON’s support to the rally in Liverpool.
Kevan Nelson spoke about the crucial role of school support staff in working closely with teachers and highlighted the threats of redundancy and privatisation that some support staff face in some academy chains.
He described Gove, Hunt, Pickles, Osborne and Cameron as wreckers and vandals, who are gambling with people’s lives and with the future cohesion of our society and communities. He said their interest in state education is only temporary, and they will be sent packing at the general election.
Other speakers at the rally included Rochdale teacher Ashley White, Steve Farley (TUC) and Martyn Moss (UCU).