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Striking to defend jobs at Clifton School

Issue No. 2204

On the picket line at Clifton School, west London

On the picket line at Clifton School, west London

Teachers at Clifton primary school in Southall, west London, struck on Wednesday of last week against the sacking of three NUT union members.

Dimissed teachers Barbara Williams, Rosemary Dawes and Rashpal Bilkhu joined the picket, together with strikers, parents and children.

Barbara told Socialist Worker, “Two of us are language support teachers—we work with children who need help with their English.

“We’re three of the most experienced teachers in the school. How is making us redundant going to make children’s education better?”

The council even wants to avoid paying redundancy compensation by pushing the three into unsuitable “alternative” posts.

It plans to replace them with unqualified assistants.

Around 30 parents came to a meeting the night before the strike and overwhelmingly supported the teachers.

Dozens have signed a petition calling for the three to be reinstated.

Barbara added, “The school has £120,000 in its reserves. There’s no reason to do this.”

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Tue 1 Jun 2010, 18:54 BST
Issue No. 2204
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