Socialist Worker

United strike at east London girls' school

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2301

Teachers in the NUT union struck alongside Unison union members at Central Foundation Girls School in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Wednesday of last week.

They are fighting plans to increase teachers’ workload, impose pay cuts on support staff and slash jobs.

More than 100 workers gathered for a mass meeting on the day. They unanimously agreed to call on the unions to hold two one-day strikes this month and a two-day strike in June. They also elected a strike committee.

The strike was a big success. Joint NUT rep Tommy Izzett said, “It’s been so strong I can hardly keep count of the pickets. We’ll keep it up until our demands are met.”

David, a technician, could lose up to 10 percent of his wage as management want to pay support staff in term time only. “It’s really unfair,” he told Socialist Worker, “but the strike has improved morale.

“It’s great that the two unions are standing together.”

Teacher Kay says workers and students are already suffering from cuts. “The worst thing is losing our support staff,” she said. “Some pupils need one-on-one attention.”

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