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Issue No. 2260


Langdon School

NUT teachers’ union members at Langdon School in Newham, east London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week over workload and “oppressive management”.

They backed strikes by around 85 percent on an

80 percent turnout in a ballot.

Workers say that the headteacher at the school intends to open it on the strike day—and this means there will be a strike-breaking operation.

lEmail messages of support to nutlangdon@aol.co.uk


Islington Arts and Media School

Teachers at the Islington Arts and Media School in north London, have resolved their dispute over redundancies.

Management wanted to impose nine compulsory redundancies. NUT members struck against the threat twice.

This forced management to retreat, making two voluntary redundancies and enhanced redundancy payments. Other workers were redeployed.

Teachers and NUT officials are disappointed that they didn’t stop all redundancies. But they felt that this was the best they could achieve.

And they are pleased to have stopped management forcing redundancies through.


Clapton Girls Technology College

NUT union members have called off a planned strike at Clapton Girls Technology College in Hackney in east London set for Tuesday of this week.

The action was sparked by plans to transform the school into an academy.

Management was refusing to formally guarantee workers’ terms and conditions and an inclusive admissions policy. But on Monday it backed down.

An NUT member at the school said, “Management has guaranteed the pay and conditions of current and future staff.

“They have also said that the academy will be non-selective and that there will be continued recognition of the union and facility time. The mood is buoyant. The head was waiting to see who would blink first—and it wasn’t us.”

Workers are angry that management waited until the last minute to agree a deal.Parents were told on Friday that a strike would close the school on Tuesday, but not informed it would stay open until Monday evening.

The school is set to become an academy at the end of the month. Any new management could tear up existing agreements with the union.

The NUT member said, “They will try to attack us in the future. But the union is stronger now—and that will determine whether they can get away with it.

“People have joined the union through the pensions campaign but also through this dispute. We’ve had some of the biggest school union meetings that I can remember.

“And the messages of support we received made a difference in firming people up in the run-up to the strike.”


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Tue 12 Jul 2011, 17:04 BST
Issue No. 2260
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