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Anti-cuts campaigners plan more action in Islington

by Ken Muller
Issue No. 2230

Parents, teachers and support staff from Moorland and St Aloysius schools took part in a 100-strong lobby of Islington council executive in north London on Thursday of last week.

Islington Hands Off Our Public Services (IHOOPS) backed the lobby.

Staff and parents from Moorland primary school are fighting for their school to be rebuilt rather than closed and merged with a neighbouring Church of England school so that land can be sold off for property development.

Teachers at St Aloysius were taking the second of two days of strike action in support of their demand for a school fit to teach in.

The teachers’ union, the NUT, is to send a national delegation to St Aloysius to make clear now committed the union is to winning this dispute.

But it is important that pressure is not taken off the school and Islington council while negotiations take place – further strike action should be called without delay.

The lobby took place soon after it was announced that the Labour council is planning to sack 281 workers – 8 percent of its labour force – in order to comply with budget cuts imposed by the ConDem government.

This, unfortunately, flies in the face of its commitment to resist the cuts.

Instead, councillors should be joining with local trade unionists, students and service users in fighting to defend public services, education and jobs.

On Thursday 9 December, 7.30 at Islington Town Hall, IHOOPS supporters will be meeting to plan a demonstration through the borough on Saturday 29 January.

The following, on 14 December, week IHOOPS has called a “Christmas Carol” protest outside a carol service in St James Clerkenwell church, which will be attended by Scrooge and secretary for local government Eric Pickles at the invitation of local Tories.

The Ghost of Christmas Future will be there, dressed as a student in a hoody. Come along and join her! (Times and details to be announced.)

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Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:09 GMT
Issue No. 2230
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