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George Monoux teachers strike to defend union rep

Issue No. 2373

George Monoux strikers and supporters on the picket line

George Monoux strikers and supporters on the picket line (Pic: Alan Kenny)

More than 20 people joined the picket line outside George Monoux College in Walthamstow, east London, on Thursday morning.

Teachers in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) came out on a one day strike against the sacking of a health and safety rep.

NUT rep Pippa Dowswell said, “We believe the allegations against her were entirely spurious.

“This dispute is symptomatic of what is going on in education. Instead of sitting round a table and talking, management reach straight for the disciplinary measures.

A banner at the school gate

A banner at the school gate (Pic: Socialist Worker)

“The health and safety rep’s appeal is tomorrow. We voted for discontinuous action, so if she is not reinstated we will strike again.

NUT regional officer Anne Mallach said, “This isn’t just about any individual case.

"All three NUT reps at George Monoux have been put on disciplinary or capability measures.

Striker Gail Meyer said, “We’re not scared any more. Teachers from across the borough have been stopping by to support our picket on their way to work.

"Bullying and victimisation are taking place all over the country. I think its time to say we’ve had enough.”

Pippa said, “We’ve been really impressed by the support. People have brought banners, like local Unison members.

"Others have bought cake. And, we even had someone from Ealing NUT on the other side of town.” 

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