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Strike set to shut Barnsley school

Issue No. 2090

National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Darton High School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, began striking for three days from Tuesday of this week, followed by another three day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

The action will effectively close the school for two weeks. The strike comes after the school’s management reneged on an agreement reached with the union in 2006, which gave extra protection to teachers in the event of staff reorganisation.

Management had agreed to provide an extra three years’ safeguarding of teachers’ positions in the event of restructuring.

But they now claim that the NUT “misunderstood” their position. Some 93 percent of union members voted to strike over the issue.

Pete Bevis is the secretary of Barnsley NUT and a member of the union’s national executive. He told Socialist Worker, “Some NUT members will lose money and their pension will be affected if management get away with reneging on the deal.

“We’ve tried since November to engage with management to resolve this.

“We struck for one day on 7 February and it was 100 percent solid. I expect it will be the same this time.”

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