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Pupils revolt over academies in Salford

Issue No. 2278

Teachers at a Salford academy school have voted to strike against 13 compulsory redundancies.

Over 92 percent of NUT union members at Oasis Academy MediaCityUK backed strikes in the ballot.

NASUWT union members also voted for strikes in an earlier ballot. Avis Gilmore, North West regional secretary of the NUT, told Socialist Worker, “The vote reflects the strength of feeling among our members. It is a very positive vote.

“We don’t believe that the redundancy process has been followed properly. It should’ve taken months, but it’s been done in five weeks.”

The two unions were set to meet Oasis management on Thursday of this week. If no progress is made over the redundancies, they plan to call coordinated strikes.

The strike vote follows a mass protest by school students against the cuts at the academy on Tuesday of last week.

Students chanting “Save our teachers” gathered outside the school gates and set off fireworks.

One student told the Salford Star, “They always say that years 10 and 11 are dead important years for your GCSEs.

“But the teachers that they’re getting rid of are the ones that teach them.”

Students kept protesting inside the school, setting off fire alarms to get out again.

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