18 People Explain Why They’re Proud To Be On Strike

A lot of people are angry at Michael Gove.

Tens of thousands of teachers, firemen and other public sector workers are on strike today.


BuzzFeed went down to the picket lines and protests in London to ask them why.

1. A desire to see fairer wages was one of the biggest reasons for people going out on strike.

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2. Public sector workers are being offered a below-inflation 1% pay rise, a real-terms cut.

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3. A lot of people said they thought both private sector and public sector pay needed to be fair.

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4. Some people said they were on strike because they feared for their quality of life.

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5. Workers at the National Gallery, where front-of-house services are being privatised, were also out on strike.

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6. Some workers whose jobs weren’t directly treatened were on strike to defend their colleagues.

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7. Others were worried that their jobs would eventually become the target of cuts, even if they were safe for now.

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8. Some strikers had wider goals than just immediate pay and conditions.

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9. A lot of young people were scared that they would have to work until they were 68 because of cuts to pensions.

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10. For teachers, Michael Gove was a strong motivator for going out on strike.

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11. Some questionable puns were in out in force.

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12. Others said they felt Gove’s policies were harming kids’ education.

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13. Lots of teachers said they didn’t feel valued by the government any more.

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14. Many said the government was treating teachers badly.

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15. Lots of the strikers were critical of the government’s education policy.

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16. Some were worried about the government’s effect on children’s education.

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17. Some people felt their whole profession was under attack.

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18. Other teachers offered Gove advice on industrial relations.

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