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It was good to read Alex Kenny's column on the NUT teachers' union ballot and pay campaign (Union-made, Socialist Review, February 2008).

In Wakefield and District Division we wanted to use this as an opportunity to get into schools across the district. The fact that NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott has written to all members saying they should have school union meetings makes this much easier to arrange.

We have had a series of pyramid pay meetings where we invite NUT members from local primary schools to attend meetings at the nearest high school. These meetings have allowed people to raise questions they have like "we have never been on strike before - what do you actually do?" "how much do we lose in pay?" and "how do we stop other teachers teaching our classes?"

It has allowed older teachers to see how important the strike is for their younger colleagues. As a result I have been instructed by our local committee to assume the ballot result is yes and the strike will go ahead and to organise a rally on 24 April. This will make teachers who work in smaller schools feel that they are part of the larger campaign.

Sally Kincaid
Divisional Secretary Wakefield and District NUT (pc)