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Hackney teachers want to ballot for anti-academies strike

by Jane Bassett
Issue No. 2228

NUT members in Hackney, east London, are fighting moves to turn all three remaining non‑church comprehensives into academies.

They have won a lot of support from parents and local residents.

The NUT has held indicative ballots in the three schools threatened with academy status—Clapton Girls’ school, Haggerston and Stoke Newington.

Teachers were asked: “Are you prepared to take sustained and discontinuous strike action in furtherance of the dispute over closure of your school and the enforced consequential change of employer?”

Some 73 percent voted yes at Clapton Girls’ school, 84 percent at Stoke Newington and 71 percent at Haggerston, all on high turnouts.

We now need to decide how to take the campaign forward in all three schools.

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Tue 16 Nov 2010, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2228
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