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Tamworth strike against academy plan

Issue No. 2151

Teachers at five schools in Tamworth, Staffordshire, have voted to take strike action against a planned academy.

NUT union members at Belgrave High School, Queen Elizabeth Mercian School, Rawlett Community Sports College, Wilnecote High School and Woodhouse School are set to strike on Wednesday of next week.

NASUWT union members at all schools except Queen Elizabeth Mercian School will also join the strike.

Rob Kelsall, regional officer for the NUT, told Socialist Worker, “We won’t let the council off the hook at this stage. Our members are absolutely up for taking action.”

The Labour-led Staffordshire council plans to transform Woodhouse High School into an academy and to create a single “post-16 centre” for the entire borough, which will affect all of the schools’ sixth forms and jobs.

Workers have already taken action at Belgrave, Wilnecote and Woodhouse high schools. Teachers have refused to provide additional cover, attend meetings or support extra-curricular activities.

The Hands Off Tamworth Schools (HOTS) group is backing the action.

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Tue 12 May 2009, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2151
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