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Education round-up

Issue No. 2272

Stow college

Workers at Stow college in Glasgow walked out on Monday in a strike against low pay. Over 60 Unison union members picketed the college. They included support workers, admin staff, caretakers and caterers.

Refuse workers and post workers refused to cross the picket line. Students and teaching staff also came to offer their support.

A pay freeze has been imposed on some of the lowest paid workers, many of whom earn just over the national minimum wage.

“We were very pleased with the strike,” said Brian Smith, branch secretary of Glasgow City Unison.

“It was almost solid for Unison members, and there was great support from members of the EIS teachers’ union.” Canteen workers are now set to strike between 4 and 6, and 11 and 13 October.

Send messages to protest to college principal Robert McGrory at [email protected], and messages of support to [email protected]

Barnsley college

Some 170 UCU union members at Barnsley college were set to strike on Thursday of this week. They are fighting to defend Graham Mustin, one of the union branch’s joint secretaries, who faces compulsory redundancy.

The lecturers had planned to take strike action on Thursday of last week. They suspended these plans to allow Acas to try and get a settlement. But there was no movement from college management.

UCU national executive committee member Dave Gibson works at the college. He said, “We are now clear that management are deliberately blocking a settlement.

“They have saved the £2 million from the staffing budget that they wanted to. There is work that Graham could do, but they clearly are on a union-busting operation.

“Our members recognise that management’s attempts to squeeze more work out of us and casualise the workforce are linked to their attempt to sack Graham. That’s why we anticipate a solid strike.”

Send messages of support to [email protected]


Around 3,200 teachers and lecturers in Wales were set to strike on Wednesday this week.

The workers, members of the UCAC union, are fighting government attacks on their pensions. Teachers in the union backed discontinuous strikes by 89 percent in a recent ballot.

UCAC members could join millions of public sector workers in a mass strike over pensions on 30 November.

Elaine Edwards, UCAC's general secretary, said the result showed that members were united in their opposition to the government’s assault.

She added that the government is “raiding people’s pension pots as a direct result of the banking crisis”.

Send messages of support to [email protected]

Kingsbury school

Teachers in the NASUWT and NUT unions struck at Kingsbury high school, north west London, on Thursday of last week. The action closed the school down.

Workers oppose plans to convert the school into an academy on 1 December, and support demands from parents for an independent ballot on the changes.

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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2272
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