Teachers in Los Angeles, California in the USA, took part in a mass rally yesterday calling for smaller class sizes, more support staff and an 8.5% pay increase. Teachers' pay in the city has not increased in the last 8 years, nor kept pace with the cost of living.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Teachers Association said: 'You can’t be in a district that has 3,000 classrooms with over 45 students in them. You can’t be in a district that is 50th out of 50. California is 50th out of 50 in counselors among the states, and LAUSD is at the bottom of California.'

The Union has been canvassing opinion among its members and says that there is support for a strike, which was reflected in the size of the turnout yesterday. Teachers carried banners saying, 'safe and clean schools now!' and 'don't want to but I'm ready to strike'. Although a strike is some way down the road, contract negotiations have stalled and a strike in the city is being talked about as the next big struggle since the Chicago strike in 2012.

According to the President of the California Federation of Teachers: 'Everybody in this country is watching this struggle. It's a fight about the nature of public education. What is public education going to look like?'