On Wednesday 13 March, NUT members marched to the Department for Education to tell Gove he’s “got to go”.
Around 600 education workers battled blizzards to be there and were joined by members of PCS who left their department offices in solidarity.
Teachers gathered to protest against the privatisation of the education system, the fixing of exam results, the proposed changes to the curriculum and attacks on our terms and conditions.
These changes are felt as cynical attacks on teachers and the comprehensive state education system so many us are proud to work in.
Chants of “Gove must go” progressed into a vocal demand for strike action. While the demonstration brought people together from across London to make our voices heard, it is not one man we are fighting but a whole ideology. Isolated protest actions that will not win what we want.
We need a fast moving campaign of activities that has a serious programme of escalating industrial action at its centre.