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'Who got the power? We got the power!' say strikers at Montgomery school

by Doug Morgan
Issue No. 2287

Around 100 people joined a picket line at Montgomery Primary School in Birmingham today, Wednesday.

Workers in the NUT, NASUWT and GMB unions struck against plans to turn their school into an academy.

This was their second strike against the academy plan after a one-day strike last December—and the turnout was bigger.

Many parents and children from the school joined the picket line.

The mood was excellent. Children from the school had the words from the Save Downhills School song that teachers and children had made in Haringey, north London. They sang it to much applause.

Chants included, “Who got the power? We got the power. What sort of power? Union power.”

It caught the feeling of determination felt by the staff.

Parents are determined that the school remains a local community school. They know that if the school becomes an academy there will be less community influence over the school.

The Save Montgomery School campaign has called a public meeting for Thursday of this week. Local MP Roger Godsiff, NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney and others will speak.

The public meeting takes place on Thursday 26th January 7.30pm-9pm, Community Hall, Sparkbrook Islamic Centre, Sydenham Road, Sparkbrook B11 1ND (Children welcome).

Speakers include Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT and Anne Brimacombe, national executive member of the NASUWT.

Speakers from the NAHT and GMB unions will speak too, along with a speaker from the Parents at Montgomery School Campaign and the Alliance Against Birmingham Academies

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Wed 25 Jan 2012, 11:54 GMT
Issue No. 2287
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