The biggest meeting in UK political history? 400,000 people join NEU Zoom call

A crowded Zoom call (Image credit: Zoom)

Some 400,000 people joined the NEU’s Zoom call yesterday, prompting queries about whether it was the biggest meeting in UK political history.

NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney tweeted: “NEU on Zoom this morning. Figures in: 1ook watched the whole meeting; 400k watched at least part of it. Is this the biggest meeting in UK political history?”

It follows an astonishing weekend for the union which welcomed 6,000 new members after it advised teachers it was unsafe to return to school. It also wrote to all employers, head teachers and principals giving the same advice and asking them to make preparations for a move to remote learning instead.

Their call for online learning was supported by three other unions – GMB, NASUWT and UNISON – with the GMB recommending its members returned to school.  The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has begun legal action against the Department for Education over teachers being told to return to school.

In a briefing to members published yesterday, the NEU said members should advise their head teacher or principal they will  not be attending the workplace but will be available to work remotely from home.

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