Remembering the Burston school strike

CELEBRATIONS to commemorate the longest strike in history will be held on Sunday September 3 at Burston near Diss. It was in April 1914 that Kitty and Tom Higdon were sacked from their teaching jobs because of their trade union support and with the help of the villagers, they set up a strike school, providing education for local children, until 1939.

CELEBRATIONS to commemorate the longest strike in history will be held on Sunday September 3 at Burston near Diss. It was in April 1914 that Kitty and Tom Higdon were sacked from their teaching jobs because of their trade union support and with the help of the villagers, they set up a strike school, providing education for local children, until 1939.

Among those attending the commemoration event at 11am on Church Green will be employment rights barrister John Hendy and Derek Simpson, the general secretary of the Amicus union.

This year, the Burston event will highlight the working conditions that many migrant workers, particularly Portuguese, are enduring in the region's agricultural industry. More information from www.burstonstrikeschool.org


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