Teachers at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridgeshire struck for half a day today in a protest over workload.
The NUT union members voted for strikes after management told them that they would be expected to teach an extra lesson a week. Along with the extra planning and preparation, this would significantly increase working hours.
Philippe Harari is an NUT union rep at the college. “Our strike has gone very, very well,” he told Socialist Worker.
“We’ve had over 50 people on the picket line all morning. Workers not in the NUT have also refused to go into work.
“I’ve been on picket lines before but I’ve never seen support like we’ve had today. We’ve had a real resonance with people and lots of people have beeped their car horns in support.”
Workload has already increased at Long Road and teachers say it has damaged the health of staff and the quality of education provided to students.
Teachers fear that bigger attacks will come. Management say they want to reduce costs by cutting the staff to student ratio – threatening jobs and education.
“The reasons we’re on strike are linked to the national situation,” Philippe continued. “If it wasn’t for the education cuts we wouldn’t be here. The students have been supportive – we’re doing this for them.”
Teachers plan to hold a full day's strike in July if negotiations with management fail to resolve the issue.
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