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Walkout shuts down Langdon school

by Nick Grant, NUT national executive committee (pc)
Issue No. 2277

Strikers at Langdon school  (Pic: Smallman )

Strikers at Langdon school  (Pic: Guy Smallman)

A magnificent strike by NUT union members closed Langdon School in Newham, east London, for two days last week.

Teachers struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week over excessive workload and oppressive management.

They are set to strike again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

Strikers won great support—with nearly 100 messages of solidarity from other trade unionists. Around 30 workers picketed two entrances to the school. They say the strike was solid.

Teachers at the school previously struck in July.

They had hoped that the dispute could be resolved when the union went to talks at the Acas conciliation service. But management put no resolution forward to end the dispute, and failed to respond to union reps when they tried to develop one.

The oppressive atmosphere at the school continues. Management suspended four NUT members at the end of last month alleging professional misconduct.

All four had joined the strike in July.

Strikers debated how the dispute can be won.

There is a wish for further industrial action and measures to win support from parents.

This is a fight that won’t be won easily—but it must be won.

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Tue 8 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2277
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