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Pickets besiege John Port School

Issue No. 2239

John Port School in Etwall, Derbyshire, was besieged by striking teachers on Thursday of last week, as teachers struck against plans to turn the school into an academy.

The NASUWT union members are set to strike again on Thursday of this week. Last week’s strike forced the school to close to all students other than those studying for exams.

Dave Wilkinson, branch secretary of Derby NASUWT, told Socialist Worker, “Some 67 NASUWT members attended the picket line and nearly 80 members were on strike.

“Hoots of support filled the air and strikers’ morale is high.

“John Port NASUWT members urge all union members in other schools nationally to follow suit.

“A wave of industrial action must spread across the country against the government’s pernicious academies programme.”

NASUWT reps say that strikes could spread to 14 other schools in the county that are threatened with academy status—and other teaching unions could join them.

Academies take schools out of local authority control and hand them over to private groups, including businesses.

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Tue 15 Feb 2011, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2239
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