Leeds nostalgia: September 1985: Teachers lock horns with Thatcher over pay

Leeds, 18th September 1985

Westfield Primary School, Burley Road.

A group of mothers staged a playground protest after they were refused permission to supervise their children's lunch breaks.

Teachers are refusing to supervise meals as part of their dispute over pay.
Leeds, 18th September 1985 Westfield Primary School, Burley Road. A group of mothers staged a playground protest after they were refused permission to supervise their children's lunch breaks. Teachers are refusing to supervise meals as part of their dispute over pay.
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Leeds, September 18: 1985: Westfield Primary School, Burley Road.

A group of mothers staged a playground protest after they were refused permission to supervise their children’s lunch breaks.

Teachers were refusing to supervise meals as part of their dispute over pay.

Meanwhile, there were calls for Leeds to become ‘an area of sustained strike action’ in the dispute over pay.

The motion was put to a packed meeting of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Leeds Town Hall, which overwhelmingly backed it.

The hall, which holds 1,750 people, was almost full of teachers, all of whom had taken part in a half-day strike.

Teachers also said government plans would turn them into ‘the police of the education system.’

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