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Fountain Primary school staff on strike

Fountain Primary school staff on strike

Leeds strike over redundancies

Teachers and support staff at Fountain Primary school in Morley, Leeds, held a one-day strike on Wednesday of last week.

The action was taken against compulsory redundancies.

Over 70 people marched from the school to a rally at Morley town hall.

In a fantastic show of solidarity, workers from five different unions were on strike together. These were the NUT, NASUWT, GMB, ATL and Unison unions.

They represent teachers, cleaners, kitchen staff and support staff. They were joined by many parents and supporters on the march.

Liz Kontargyri, one of the teachers who has been made redundant, told Socialist Worker, 'We're striking because we've been led into a situation by Education Leeds which is going to mean poorer quality education for the children in the school.

'The strike today feels really good. We've got 100 percent support from every member of staff and all the parents.

'There's a very strong feeling among everybody involved and we're not going to be swept under the carpet.'

Michael McDonnell and Paris Thompson

Chichester walks out against cuts

Civil service workers, the majority of them women, at HM Revenue and Customs in Chichester reacted to the decision to close their office by walking out in protest on Thursday of last week.

Management announced the closure of 17 offices affecting 1,350 staff across outer London, Southampton, Reading, Winchester and Chichester.

This is part of a drive by bosses to close offices and cut 25,000 staff across Revenue and Customs by 2011. Gordon Brown wants to slash 104,000 jobs across the civil service, which has led to a number of strikes by the PCS union.

Teachers' leader attacks betrayal

Steve Sinnott, the NUT teachers' union general secretary, last week called on the TUC to convene a meeting with the other teachers' unions – the NASUWT and ATL – to discuss pay.

Sinnott said, 'The government's decision to refuse to re-open the September award is a breach of honour. It had agreed a recommendation that if inflation exceeded 3.25 percent then the award could be looked at again.

'Deferring any prospect of looking at the inadequacy of this award for another year will merely compound the problems of recruitment and retention.

'The NUT is determined to work with all teachers organisation to put an end to this treatment.'

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Wed 20 Jun 2007, 10:53 BST
Issue No. 2056
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