Members of the NASUWT teachers’ union at Sinfin Community School in Derby were out on strike on Wednesday of last week in protest against plans to turn the school into an academy.
Around 40 members joined the picket line and the school was closed for the day.
Dave Wilkinson, branch secretary of Derby NASUWT, told Socialist Worker, “We’ve had messages of support from unions all over the country.
“Our main task now is to keep the fight up and persuade the local authority to withdraw proposals for the academy.
“New Labour’s agenda of removing the education system from the public sector has meant that Derby city council is now looking at handing over all secondary and special schools in the city to trusts.
“We need to join other unions in the fightback against the pay freeze and privatisation.”
Students also joined the picket line to support their teachers. Andrew and Fabia, both in year 11, told Socialist Worker, “We’ve got family coming to this school after we leave and we want them to have the same education we had.
“This is a normal community and we want a normal community school.”
NASUWT members at Sinfin have now begun action short of a strike and have called for their colleagues from the NUT and Unison unions to join the campaign.
Sinfin school had to be closed on 24 April when NASUWT members refused to cross the NUT teachers’ union picket line.
Over 20 members of the NUT union at Lady Margaret primary school in Southall, Ealing, took strike action on Wednesday of last week over workload and proposed changes to staff structure.