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Issue No. 2143

Head sparks ballot at academy

Teachers in Walthamstow Academy, which is run by the United Learning Trust, are balloting for industrial action over alleged bullying by the head teacher.

The vote for the ballot was overwhelming. Teachers have been making complaints about bullying for the past two years without improvement in the situation.

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Fighting against academy plans

Royal Docks school teachers in Newham, east London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week.

They are opposing plans to transform the school into an academy and the change of employer this would involve.

Teachers in both the NUT and NASUWT unions were to take part in the strike action.

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Another blow for academy plan

Dudley council has abandoned plans to build two academies in the town.

This follows the decision by Sheffield council to “actively discourage” academies in the city and is further evidence that one of Labour’s flagship policies is on the rocks.

Campaign against cuts in Glasgow

The campaign against Glasgow council’s plans to “rationalise” primary and nursery schools in the city is growing.

Parents held a lively lobby at the Scottish parliament on Thursday of last week.

After another protest, parents of children at the Victoria primary school complained that children were injured as protesters were prevented from entering into the Glasgow city council chambers.

Defend our right to wear trainers

Teachers at St Paul’s Way Community School in Tower Hamlets, east London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week in defence of a sacked colleague.

Teachers in the NUT union voted to strike in support of Adrian Swain, who was sacked last December for wearing trainers in class.

Workers suspect that the real reason for the sacking was Adrian’s trade union activities.

Around 60 of the 100 teaching staff in the school are in the NUT and the strike is expected to close the school.

Support school support workers

School support workers in the GMB union at Trinity Special School in Dagenham, east London, are set to strike on Thursday of this week.

They are striking after talks over their claim for a special educational needs allowance for school support staff broke down.

Justin Bowden, the GMB senior organiser, described the school’s offer as “derisory and divisive”.

Over 85 GMB members voted to reject the offer and strike at a mass meeting on Wednesday of last week.

The action is expected to close the school for the day.

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Tue 17 Mar 2009, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2143
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