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Derby teachers strike against academy

Issue No. 2120

Teachers in the NASUWT union at Sinfin Community School in Derby are to strike for three days over plans to turn the school into an academy.

The first strike is set to take place on Thursday of this week with a further two days of strike action on 21 and 23 October.The NUT union at the school was to begin a ballot for action over the plans this week.

Dave Wilkinson, the branch secretary of Derby NASUWT, told Socialist Worker, “Morale is very high and I’m sure the strike will be solid.

“There has been no consultation over the plans. We hope that the NUT ballot is successful and that they can join us on strike in October.”

NASUWT members voted by 96 percent for action and struck for one day in May.

Anti-academies campaigners in London will hold a protest on Friday of this week against ARK – sponsor of three academies in the capital.

Its trustees are hedge fund managers, merchant bankers and financial risk managers.

Ken Muller from the Anti Academies Alliance told Socialist Worker, “These people can’t even manage their own financial system – why are we handing over control of our schools to them?”

Protest: 4.30pm, Friday 26 September, ARK HQ, 15 Adam Street, London WC2N

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Tue 23 Sep 2008, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2120
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