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Head threatens to cut pay of teachers joining industrial action

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2325

A head teacher at an east London school is threatening to cut teachers’ pay if they take part in action short of a strike.

The head at Stratford Academy in Newham has written to teachers asking them to confirm that they will not take part in the action.

The NUT and NASUWT teaching unions recently began action short of a strike to defend teachers’ working conditions. It involves refusing to take part in certain duties, such as some lesson observations or mock Ofsted inspections.

Teachers at Stratford Academy have been told to sign the letters and return them by tomorrow, Friday. Those who do not face a pay cut. All teachers, regardless of their union, have received the letter.

NUT members at the school plan escalating strikes in response. They are set to walk out for one day next week, two days in the week after half term and three days in the week after that.

Teachers at a nearby school in Tower Hamlets recently struck and won over a similar case. Their head wanted them to take part in a mock Ofsted that they were boycotting—but backed down after they threatened to strike.

» Victory for east London teachers

Stratford Academy workers urgently need messages of support. Send them to NUT rep Steve Charles at

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Thu 18 Oct 2012, 11:21 BST
Issue No. 2325
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