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Dunston primary teachers strike over intrusive appraisals schemes

Issue No. 2332

Teachers at Dunston primary school in Chesterfield held a two-day strike last week over an “intrusive” appraisal scheme and observations.

The NASUWT union members walked out on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. They plan to strike on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

The action is part of a national campaign over workload by the NASUWT and NUT unions. This involves teachers refusing to undertake certain duties. Teachers in several schools have struck or threatened strikes to bolster the campaign.

Connaught school to walk out again

Teachers at Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, east London, were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The NUT union members are fighting plans to transform the school into an academy.

This week’s walkout will be their fifth strike against the proposals. Workers, parents and students are also preparing to lobby governors on Wednesday of next week.

Governors voted narrowly to back the academy plans. But workers are demanding a fresh vote because several governors were absent for the last vote.

Send messages of support or invite a striker to your next meeting—email [email protected]

Conel students and staff unite

Lecturers and students protested at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (Conel) on Tuesday of this week in solidarity with a sacked lecturer.

Dee Topping, a teaching assistant at the college, was sacked following a student trip to Thorpe Park. The students were accused of taking drugs. Seven staff were on the trip and Dee was not in charge.

UCU union members say she has been unfairly targeted by management. Campaigners plan to protest every Tuesday until Dee is reinstated.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2332
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