ECHR AT BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL RALLY
2014 marked the Centenary of the Burston Strike School in the village of Burston in Norfolk.
The Burston Strike School was at the centre of the longest running strike in British history, between 1914 and 1939 and is now a museum.
The strike began when teachers at the village’s Church of England school, Annie Higdon and her husband, Tom Higdon, were sacked after a dispute with the area’s school management committee and schoolchildren went on strike in their support. The Higdons set up an alternative school which was attended by 66 of their 72 former pupils. Beginning in a marquee on the village green, the school moved to a local carpenter’s premises and later to a purpose-built school financed by donations from the labour movement. Burston Strike School carried on teaching local children until shortly after Tom’s death in 1939.Every year to mark the Strike a one day Rally/festival is held on the first Sunday of September. You can read more about both here http://burstonstrikeschool.wordpress.com/
Every year UCU EHCR have a stall at the Rally to promote UCU and join in the commemorative march around the village with other trade unions from the region and beyond. This is a very successful and enjoyable day with many of those attending the festival wanting to know more about how to join UCU or take information on various topics such as Stop Ttip , Equality , Privatisation in 16+ education etc. It is also a nice opportunity to meet UCU members from across the region who are attending the rally . The Rally is always the first Sunday in September so see you there!