POA Circulars

125 | 02.08.2013

Burston School Strike Rally

Since 1983, an annual Rally has been held in Burston Village to commemorate and celebrate the struggles that took place in the village in the first half of the 20th Century. The Burston Strike ran from 1914 until 1939 and is recorded as the longest strike in history.

The Historic Strike School stands proud in the village of Burston, which is near Diss on the Norfolk border. This preserved tribute to the school pupils and the two teachers Annie Higdon and Tom Higdon who struggled against tyranny and the arbitrary sacking of the two teachers in 1914 serves as a reminder of our class history.

The Branch Secretary of HMP Bure will be organising the Rally, which takes place on Sunday 1st September 2013. The POA will have two theme’s at the Rally being;

  1. 68 is too late and
  2. Safe, Secure and Decent non-negotiable.

Further details and the background to the strike can be found on the POA Website.

I do hope our members who are local to Norfolk make every attempt to attend this Rally.


Yours sincerely


General Secretary