POA Circulars

73 | 17.08.2016

BURSTON RALLY 2016; SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER, CHURCH GREEN, BURSTON, NEAR DISS, NORFOLK

The Burston Strike School was founded as a consequence of a school strike and became the centre of the longest running strike in British history, that lasted from 1914 to 1936 in the village of Burston in Norfolk, England.

Today, the building stands as a museum to the strike. The strike began when Teachers at the village School, Annie Higdon and her husband, Tom Higdon were sacked for their trade union and social views. The children supported by the Community went on strike and the Higdon’s set up an alternative school, which was initially attended by 66 of their 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 School carried on teaching local children until shortly after John Higdon’s death in 1939.

The Annual Rally this year will be on Sunday 4th September 2016, with a range of speakers from the Trade Union Movement including Mick Whelan General Secretary ASLEF, Liz Snape TUC President John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor and many others).

All POA members and their families are welcome to attend this rally which remembers the struggles of trade unionism in the past and the sacrifices made, so that we can shape our future to ensure workers have better conditions.

More information can be found on the Burston Strike School Rally website.

Yours sincerely


STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary