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Opposing academies in Bolton and Derby

Issue No. 2124

Protesting against academies outside Bolton’s council meeting

Protesting against academies outside Bolton’s council meeting

School teachers in Derby and Bolton have been on strike this week against plans to turn their schools into academies.

Teachers in the NASUWT union at Sinfin community school in Derby struck on Tuesday of this week.

Dave Wilkinson, the NASUWT rep at the school, told Socialist Worker, “The school is closed to pupils today. There are around 20 pickets here and more are on their way.

“No member has crossed the picket line and workers in other unions have refused to cross. The local Indian Workers Association visited our picket line to show solidarity.

“Our action is escalating and spreading. On Thursday we will be out on strike again alongside NUT union members. Unison is also balloting now over the academy plans.

“The mood on the picket line has been very good. Our members are up for a fight and we’ll carry on until they withdraw the proposal.”

The result of Unison’s ballot for action should be out at the end of the week.

Meanwhile NUT union members at the Withins and Hayward schools in Bolton were also on strike on Tuesday over plans to close the schools and turn them into academies.

The strikes coincided with a Bolton council meeting that approved a report to close the schools. Around 30 strikers and anti academies activists protested outside the meeting.

The meeting decided that the council was satisfied with its “consultation” and would go ahead with plans to close Hayward school on 31 December and the Withins on 31 August next year.

Strike action has put the issue of academies at the centre of local politics and made clear that the privatisers will not get their way without a fight.

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