Church Green, Burston, near Diss, Norfolk

106 years since the school strike

The Burston Strike School rally, celebrating the longest strike in British history, due to have been held on Sunday 6 September 2020, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first time since the rally started in 1984 at the village near Diss in Norfolk that the event has not been held.

Unite regional officer and event organiser Miles Hubbard said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel this year’s rally for the first time in its 36-year history, but under the circumstances, due to Covid-19, it would be unwise to go ahead. However, we are confident that the rally will return, just as vibrant and its messages of solidarity just as strong, in 2021.”

oin the 2021 annual rally to celebrate the longest strike in history: Schoolchildren 'went on strike' in 1914 to support their teachers, sacked for organising agricultural workers. Join Unite members and many more for food (or bring a picnic if you wish), drink, entertainment and speakers from across the union movement. Travel coaches are organised by a number of different organisations - contact the organisers for information where available. Dedicated car and coach parking is available in Burston. Nearest railway station is Diss (4 miles).

To register your interest or request more information why not visit the Burston strike school rally page.

"The Burston rebellion was a revolt born in the fields, and fought by those that toiled in them."