Commenting ahead of tomorrow’s TUC march in London against the Government’s cuts and austerity programme, Christine Blower General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“This march will send a clear message to Government that their programme of austerity measures is not working. The brutal cuts that have been made to the public sector alongside the attacks on education and the health service have gone too far.
“Investing in education is essential if we’re to have a healthy, growing economy. We need a highly skilled workforce to compete in the global economy.
“That means more and better-paid teachers, but instead teachers are being attacked. Schools and colleges are experiencing major real terms cuts, with the biggest cut in education spending since the 1950s.
“The attacks on education have already gone too far yet there are still more cuts to come as the Government hits education spending year after year.
“Our young people are our future – it’s time to end the Government’s failed austerity programme and to repair the damage it has caused.
Christine Blower will be speaking at the rally. For any interview requests please call Caroline Cowie 07879480061