Members of unions from across Waltham Forest gathered at a rally this morning as part of a national day of action
Dozens of union members gathered in Walthamstow Town Square
Zoie O'Brien, Reporter, covering Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone. Call me on 07768 507 739 / / News
The education of children in Waltham Forest will suffer unless the government removes the cap on public sector pay, workers claimed this morning as they staged a national one-day strike.
Dozens of members from six unions gathered in Walthamstow Town Square this morning chanting “Gove must go” and “Bills keep coming, rent won’t wait”, before heading to central for a mass demonstration.
In Walthamstow town square, representatives from the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Waltham Forest Trades Council, Unison and the Public and Commercial Services Union addressed crowds.
NUT secretary Steve White branded David Cameron a ‘hypocrite’ and Michael Gove a ‘liar’.
He reposnded to comments by the Prime Minister, who suggested he would tighten strike laws to make it requirement for more than 50 per cent of members to vote in favour of industrial action before a walk-out.
Mr White said: “It is utter hypocrisy. Not one MP in this land was voted in with more than a 50 per cent majority.
“The changes that this government are forcing through in education are unacceptable.
“It is unacceptable to link pay to performance, it is unacceptable to expect teachers to work until they are 68 and it is unacceptable to expect them to work 60-hour weeks.
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