Essa academy staff defend conditions
Workers at the Essa academy (formerly Hayward school) in Bolton are pushing for a strike ballot to defend their trade union agreement against management attempts to water it down.
Members of the NUT and Unison unions met on Friday of last week. They voted unanimously for strike action and requested an official ballot.
The move followed a decision the day before by the academy’s board of governors to reject a negotiated trade union facilitities agreement.
Barry Conway, Bolton NUT secretary
Succesful public meeting for lifelong learning
Around 160 people came to a public meeting in support of the Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning (Call) in Hammersmith on Thursday of last week.
The meeting was organised by the UCU union branch at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London college to oppose cuts in adult and further education.
The Call campaign is asking supporters to write to their MPs and demand they sign up to Early Day Motion 533.
People should also publicise the lobby of parliament to be held on Wednesday of next week. For more details go to www.callcampaign.org.uk
Tim Dalrymple, UCU branch secretary at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London college
Teachers lobby David Lammy
Some 40 teachers and students lobbied David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and minister for higher education, on Friday of last week at the College of North East London.
The lobby was organised by Call to protest at cuts to adult and further education. Lecturers denounced the government’s raid of the adult education budget, but Lammy was unrepentant.
Ben Jones, UCU London region
Disciplinery action against UCU exec member dropped
Amanda Sackur, a UCU union executive member who was victimised by management at London Metropolitan university, has had disciplinary proceedings against her dropped.
This follows a campaign to defend Amanda that involved hundreds of people signing a petition demanding that the university drop the charges.
Meanwhile, lecturers at London Metropolitan are continuing to fight against planned redundancies. A day of action is planned for Wednesday of this week.
Strike at Epping Forest college
Lecturers at Epping Forest college in Essex struck on Friday of last week in support of their sacked union rep, Hugh Hobson.
Hugh was dismissed a week before Christmas after he was accused of forcing entry into a locked classroom.
Around 20 workers joined the picket line, which was well supported by students at the college. A further strike is planned for Wednesday of next week.
NUT rep suspended in Doncaster
Glenn Feeney, equal opportunities officer for the NUT union’s Doncaster branch, was suspended from his job at a Pupil Referral Unit on Thursday of last week.
This is the second suspension at the unit since workers passed an overwhelming vote of no confidence in management.
Glenn is clearly being victimised for performing his trade union duties effectively. Send urgent messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org