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Issue No. 2251

Teachers on strike last week at Sinfin Community School in Derbyshire

Teachers on strike last week at Sinfin Community School in Derbyshire

Striking at Sinfin Community School

Teachers at Sinfin Community School in Derbyshire were on the picket lines on Wednesday and Thursday of last week to stop compulsory redundancies.

More strikes look likely.

Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT union branch secretary, said, “Our members are keen to take as much action as necessary to ensure these job losses do not happen.

“Strike action will be escalated unless the school’s management calls off its plans.”

Meanwhile, the union called off a strike set to take place at Friesland School in Sandiacre, Derbyshire, on Wednesday of last week. The strike was in opposition to plans to turn the school into an academy.

Governors at the school had decided to apply for academy status. After they agreed with the union to consider not making any final decision before 1 October, the union called off the strike.

Rawmarsh sees 11th strike day

The fight to defend jobs at Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, saw teachers strike on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

This brings their total number of strike days to 11.

The NUT union members are fighting to defend four jobs.

In January, headteacher Stuart Wilson said that 34 workers could be made redundant by Easter including 25 teachers—a quarter of the teachers at the school.

As one NUT member put it, “Members voted overwhelmingly to continue action until the number of NUT redundancies is zero.”

Send messages of support to and send donations to the strike fund to NUT Doncaster, 7 Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AA.

Goodbye to Juliet Strang

Juliet Strang, the head teacher at Villiers High School in Southall, Ealing, who was suspended in January has finally left the school.

This followed strikes by NUT union members over bullying, and student walkouts in support of their teachers.

Darwen Vale head suspended

The head teacher at Darwen Vale High School in Lancashire was suspended on Friday of last week.

This follows strikes two weeks ago.

The suspension is pending investigation into numerous allegations of bullying of staff.

This is a vindication of the action taken by union members who were not prepared to accept continued management harassment.

Teachers start six days of strikes

NASUWT union members at Ilkeston school in Derbyshire began six days of strikes on Tuesday of this week.

They are fighting redundancies that threaten the jobs of two teachers.

Further strike dates are set for 16, 18, 19, 24 and 25 May.

Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT union branch secretary, described the strikers as “courageous”.

He added that the action was to defend educational provision as well as jobs.

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Strike vote saves jobs

NUT members at Dormers Wells Infant School in Southall, Ealing, are celebrating a successful fight to stave off two proposed redundancies.

Two teachers were sacked by a governing body panel in March.

All seven NUT members voted for official strikes—with results known in time for an appeal meeting on 27 April.

The appeal panel reversed the original decision.

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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