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Resistance to academies in Bolton

by Barry Conway, divisional secretary Bolton NUT (pc)
Issue No. 2105

Resistance to the government’s academy programmes for schools is growing in Bolton as NUT teachers’ union members at Withins School announced their intention to strike again on Wednesday of next week.

NUT members at Withins School struck in May over plans to turn the school into an academy.

NUT members in Hayward, another school set to become an academy, voted to follow Withins’ lead and ballot for action. Unison union members in both schools then voted to ballot for action.

Last week governors at Top O’ th’ Brow primary school voted to defer their decision to become a part of the Withins academy after both NUT and Unison members voted 100 percent to initiate a ballot for strike action if they did so.

Now the NASUWT teachers’ union is surveying its members at Withins to see whether it should call a ballot for action. There is a growing confidence among campaigners.

The three unions are meeting this week to oppose the change in employer that would result if the academy plans go ahead.

We have called for a special meeting with councillors and are meeting with the two local MPs.

Also this week, a meeting of all union members in each of the three schools has been called to unite opposition and provide mutual support.

Email messages of support to for Withins School, for Hayward, for Top O’ th’ Brow and to for Unison

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Tue 10 Jun 2008, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2105
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