Teachers at Islington Arts and Media School began balloting for strike action against threatened compulsory redundancies last week.
An NUT union group meeting at the school voted last week to reaffirm its opposition to cuts and sackings and its willingness to strike.
Teachers at the meeting expressed anger at threats by the school to withdraw a previous “offer” of delaying the implementation of the redundancies until the end of the year if the ballot went ahead.
This minor concession had only been made in the face of determined staff opposition to any sackings in the first place. It would have been disastrous to back off before all teachers’ jobs are guaranteed.
Islington NUT assistant branch secretary Ken Muller told Socialist Worker, “Once the ballot result is announced, it is important that there are no delays in moving towards action.
“The action may need to escalate quickly in order to put maximum pressure on management well before the school closes for the summer holiday.”