bradblog.JPG   One of the many rallies on Thursday - this in  Lancashire Thousands of teachers in England and Wales went on strike yesterday in their campaign against below inflation pay rises Members of the NUT - the largest teachers union in England and Wales - supported the strike in their tens of thousands. Many schools were closed and children sent home.Teachers are campaigning against the continual erosion of their pay - they have had three years of below inflation pay rises with three more to come.On the same day civil servants including coastgurads and pensions staff were on strike as well as members of UCU the University and College Union. Rallies and demonstrations were held all over the country attended by thousands of teachers and addressed by members of all the striking unions as well as politicians, NUT leaders and young teachers. Christine Blower, acting General Secretary of the NUT said 'These continual cuts in our pay are making it difficult to recruit younjg teachers which is bad for the future of education in this country.' This is only the opening salvo in a campaign which is scheduled to include class size and workload and to co-ordinate with other public service unions.