July 23 2014 Latest news:
by Anna Silverman, Reporter
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Schools in the borough look set to be shut tomorrow as a result of the public sector strike, according to the Divisional Secretary of Newham Teachers’ Association.
Peter Smith, 64, said the strike could be the biggest public sector stoppage since the General Strike 88 years ago and the effects will undoubtedly be felt in Newham.
“It’s not just teachers striking, it’s all public sector workers,” said Mr Smith.
“I know of one school where the dinner ladies are striking so even if children came into school there wouldn’t be any dinners for them.
“At the moment I think it’s absolutely likely schools will be closed. I can’t see how any will stay open unless there’s a significant number of staff who don’t strike.”
Members of the National Union of Teachers are preparing to walk out with other public sector workers against the government’s “austerity programme”.
Trade unionists will meet at Stratford station at 10.30am before travelling to BBC Broadcasting House in central London where they will join forces with the London rally.
Mr Smith said the strike is against the government’s “attack” on wages and pensions and an increased workload for public sector workers.
He added: “This is the first time I’m aware of so many public sector unions taking action at the same time. This could be the biggest public sector strike since the General Strike of 1926.”