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Success for Bolton campaign against academies

by Barry Conway, branch secretary, Bolton NUT
Issue No. 2123

Members of the NUT teachers union in Bolton scored a significant victory last week in our ongoing campaign against academies in the town.

Plans to create a “super academy” out of three schools were scuppered under union pressure.

On Monday of last week a mass meeting of union members at Harper Green, the largest school involved, sent a message to governors that spoke of their “resolute opposition” to the plan and their intention to resist it.

The following Wednesday teachers called on the governors to meet them prior to their decision on the proposal, telling them in no uncertain terms what the consequences would be if they backed it.

On Thursday morning news filtered through that the governors had kicked out the proposal.

In the meantime the third strike at the Withins School last Wednesday saw 20 strikers on the picket line and a

well-attended public meeting in the evening supporting continuing resistance.

Strikes at both the Withins and the Hayward School, which is also threatened with an academy, are planned for Tuesday next week. These will coincide with Bolton council’s receiving and approving the report to close the schools.

A demonstration is planned to protest against this.

We have now been offered a page in the local paper to write an unedited, uncensored piece opposing academies. Letters, surveys and interviews clearly indicate support for the strikes and our campaign.

Our action has placed the issue of academies firmly at the centre of local politics and caused major headaches for the privateers and their backers in the council. The lessons are very clear – striking works.

For details of the demonstration on 21 October please phone 01942 821434

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Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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