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Striking gets results at Rawmarsh Community School

Issue No. 2252

Strikes save jobs. That’s the message from teachers at Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham, south Yorkshire.

The school’s head teacher withdrew the remaining compulsory redundancy last week after teachers took 12 days of strikes.

The threat had hung over the school’s NUT union rep, Ralph Dyson.

But the head has now agreed to give him a contract for next year equating to four days’ work a week. Ralph described the dispute as “life changing”.

He told Socialist Worker, “We have had outstanding support from parents, trade unions and pupils. Without this it would have been much harder.

“The fight goes on for other attacks such as pensions, free schools and workload.”

NUT members unanimously agreed to suspend a planned three-day strike due to start on Tuesday of this week after the offer.

The dispute began with a threat to cut a quarter of the teaching staff at the school. There are still outstanding issues and some teachers don’t have the full teaching week that they would like.

But many rightly see what they have achieved as a victory that shows that strikes can get results.

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