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Strikers at Langdon win key concessions

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2283

Pickets at Langdon School last week  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Pickets at Langdon School last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)


NUT union members at Langdon School in Newham, east London, have voted to suspend further strikes and return to work on Wednesday of this week.

This followed a series of important concessions by officers of the local authority over the past few days.

The overwhelming vote to suspend strikes was taken at a strikers’ meeting on Tuesday of this week, following a thorough evaluation of what was being offered.

The range of measures to allay strikers’ grievances concerning excessive workload and oppressive management will come into force immediately.

Clear

But the NUT is equally clear that more strikes will be called if the measures do not work.

The dispute will only be settled when all staff grievances have been thoroughly addressed.

School management had bussed in agency workers to try and break the strike.

But importantly this failed to break the determination of strikers.

Instead, more strikers began to join picket lines and take an active part in the dispute.

Teachers delivered another solid strike on Tuesday of this week.

And strikers won support from parents, students and other trade unionists.

Messages of solidarity and donations to their strike fund flooded in.

The school’s unprecedented move to try and break the strike sparked anger across the borough.

NUT members from across Newham voted unanimously for borough-wide strikes at a meeting earlier this month.

It is this solidarity and determination to fight back that has forced the school to backtrack.

Teachers at the school are in a stronger position now than they were at the start of this dispute.

Nick Grant, a member of the union’s national executive committee, said, “This is an excellent result.

“Mass scabbing organised by the school managers could not break the solidarity of Langdon’s majority of teachers.

“Collective action has forced previously compliant council officers to act.”

“Strikers in turn are very grateful for the hundreds of messages received from across Britain.

“This is not the end of the dispute, but goes a very long way to redressing the core injustices felt by teachers.”


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Tue 13 Dec 2011, 17:13 GMT
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