Teachers in Oldham struck on Thursday of last week over the council’s plan to decimate services to some of the town’s most vulnerable children.
The strikers, who are members of the NUT union, work for the Ethnic Minority Achievement Team and the New Arrivals Service. The council’s plans will wipe out all specialist English teaching for beginners.
Members of the Ethnic Minority Achievement Team told Socialist Worker that the proposals are a “disgrace” and will set back education in the town. The plans will save £250,000—a tiny fraction of Oldham’s £200 million education budget.
During the day strikers went around town arguing their case and collecting signatures. They made a big impact and got a good response from a very supportive public.