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Battle over Tamworth academy continues with strikes

Issue No. 2158

Members of the NASUWT union at four schools in Tamworth, Stafford, took strike action on Tuesday of this week as part of a long-running campaign to stop a planned academy in the town.

Teachers will strike at Belgrave High School, Rawlett Community Sports College, Wilnecote High School and Woodhouse School.

The ATL union will join the action at Woodhouse School, Rawlett Community Sports College and Belgrave High School.

But unfortunately, the NUT suspended strike action for Tuesday ahead of a meeting between the education unions and the council, set to take place on Wednesday of this week.

Rob Kelsall, regional officer for the NUT, told Socialist Worker, “The NUT decided to suspend its action to provide a positive climate for Wednesday’s meeting.

“We will see what the meeting brings and, unless we get categoric assurances that the council will look seriously at its plans, we will have to reconsider our position.

“Action short of a strike, such as work to rule, is ongoing. We are planning a mass meeting of our members later this week.”

The NUT’s decision will come as a shock to many. Teachers would be in a stronger position if the unions were taking action together and many teachers in the area will be frustrated that they were not part of Tuesday’s strike.

Richard Sidley, the NASUWT national executive member for Stafford, said, “It is surprising and disappointing that the NUT has pulled its action on Tuesday. Our members want to stand shoulder to shoulder with members of other unions on the picket lines.

“The NASUWT is the largest union in the four schools and, as long as we stand firm, our action will close the schools.”

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Tue 30 Jun 2009, 18:25 BST
Issue No. 2158
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