Isle of Wight NASUWT secretary Alan Saunders hands a leaflet about the teaching strike to Dave James, with John McGee, of the Isle of Wight NUT, in the background. Picture by Laura Holme.
MEMBERS of the two largest teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, took to the streets on Saturday ahead of Thursday’s strike.
Isle of Wight teachers handed out fliers to shoppers in Newport and spoke to Islanders about the reasons for the protest.
NASUWT Isle of Wight secretary Alan Saunders said: "People were quite sympathetic. A lot of them of them were not aware of the next stage of Gove's plans to cut school holidays, performance preparation and assessment time and the amount we have to pay into our pensions."
Members of the NASUWT will be in London on Thursday to demonstrate their unhappiness, while the NUT will be heading to the Riverside Centre.
NUT Isle of Wight secretary John McGee said: "We will meet at the Riverside Centre to write letters of protest to the government and possibly our own MP. I will then be going over to Portsmouth to join the demonstration and our members are free to join me."
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