Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Pimlico School in Westminster, London were on strike on Tuesday of this week against their lunch break being cut.
The strike was 95 percent solid despite coming the day before a two day Ofsted inspection.
Months of negotiation have led nowhere. Steve Barlow, branch health and safety officer, said they were told by Westminster City Council “there is not a compromise on offer”.
Imposing a 30 minute break is also part of the process of forcing Pimlico School to become an academy. Both Westminster and Paddington academies, which opened in September 2006, tried to impose 30 minute breaks.
More action could follow. Pimlico staff and parents are due to lobby Westminster City Hall on Monday of next week against the academy proposals – a recent consultation showed 94 percent of parents were against the academy.
Kevin Courtney from the NUT national executive said, “I think this dispute is tied up with the academies programme. It’s clear that the battle to protect breaks and against the planned academy are central to the future of Pimlico School”.