The trade union movement has much to learn from the National Education Union (NEU), left-wing Labour MP Richard Burgon told teachers today.
Addressing a fringe meeting at the union’s annual conference, the member for Leeds East praised the NEU’s ongoing fight for better pay and working conditions in schools and its support for sister unions across the world, including in Cuba.
He told delegates in Harrogate that it was “wonderful to see your big rejection” of the Tory government’s latest below-inflation pay deal, adding: “You have my full solidarity and I look forward to seeing you win this dispute.”
Mr Burgon also praised the “fantastic” support members give to colleagues globally. “In all of these areas, I think the whole labour movement can learn a lot from you.”
Professor Ruth Dukes from union think tank the Institute of Employment Rights, which organised the meeting, warned about Downing Street’s latest assault on the right to strike.
The widely condemned Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill – currently before peers – is the latest attempt to “hem in” the labour movement and ban industrial action by the back door, she stressed.
This article was first published in the Morning Star. We are grateful to them for allowing us to reproduce it here.