The mass reopening of schools next Monday will slow, probably stop, and possibly reverse the decline in infections, hospitalisations and deaths that has resulted from the current lockdown.
The whole of society has reason to be grateful to the continuing fight that the education unions – especially the NEU – have led on this, but it’s clear that the struggle continues and will have to be part of the fight for a Zero COVID strategy.
The current economic crisis looks set to be significantly worse than in 2008. The effort to make workers and the poor pay for it will be commensurately more ferocious. Learning from the NEU and BLM is vital in the period ahead.
The Tory government’s criminal plan to end the partial lockdown in the UK at a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to kill of hundreds of people every day is facing mass resistance.