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Teachers take action over job cuts

Issue No. 2208

Teachers at Lister Community school, east London, began a three-day strike this week. They also struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week over plans to sack three teachers and increase the workload.

“We had around 40 people on the picket lines,” said Mike Kelly, an NUT union rep at the school. At the end of last week’s strike, school management made a new offer, withdrawing redundancies and making some concessions.

“Some in the union leadership suggested we suspend strikes, but the majority said it was not enough.”

Teachers at Crest Boys Academy in Neasden, north west London, have forced bosses to retreat on compulsory redundancies.

Members of the NUT, ATL and NASUWT unions struck together in April over job cuts. They were set to strike again this month but E-Act, the private charity that runs the school, backed down.

Hank Roberts, secretary of Brent ATL and NUT, said, “It’s an outstanding success on the back of united action.”

Workers at the school are continuing to campaign against E-Act after revelations that its head and executives spent school cash on luxury hotel rooms, huge salaries and bonuses.

NUT members at Clifton Primary School, Southall, west London, struck this week over the sacking of three part-time teachers.

Teachers at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridgeshire struck for half a day on Thursday of last week over workload. Teachers plan to hold a full day’s strike if negotiations fail.

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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