JOHN McDONNELL yesterday urged people marking the longest strike action in history at Burston village to continue uniting for socialism.
The shadow chancellor told the crowd attending the Burston Strike School rally in Norfolk that Labour is prepared to take over from the weak and divided Tories.
He paid tribute to striking McDonald’s workers today — the first walk out in the company’s history in Britain — who are fighting against poverty pay.
The historic dispute centred around the sacking of two teachers, Kitty and Tom Higdon, in 1914 from Burston School after they ran into trouble with management and local land owners.
Angered at the unfair dismissals, the school’s pupils led a walkout and later an alternative school was built — the Burston Strike School.
Every year trade unionists and activists commemorate the strike but this year was a little different as it marked a century since the school opened in 1917. It still stands on the green as a monument to the fi ght for working-class education and against rural tyranny.
Mr McDonnell told the crowds he had been on picket lines of low-paid workers at the Bank of England and Barts NHS Trust.
He said: “It is Labour MPs’ role to support workers whether in Parliament or on the picket line … Another world is in sight, grasp it.”
The shadow chancellor also brought a message of solidarity from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who has been venturing all over the country this summer to topple marginal seats loosely held by the Tories.
The rally also heard from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and Southern and Eastern TUC secretary Megan Dobney.