TEACHERS AT Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets, east London, are angry that their NUT union has refused them a ballot for strike action over pay. The threat of action won a victory for new starters, who will now get an increment worth around 1,000. But staff on existing contracts will not get an increase.
Teachers at two Lewisham schools, Crofton and Forest Hill Boys, had large majorities in ballots for industrial action over same issue. Management at both schools caved in completely under the pressure and gave all teachers the pay increments.$ A 50-strong lobby by parents, teachers and Socialist Alliance supporters last week demanded a new comprehensive school is built in New Cross, south east London. Some 150 children in the area don't have a school place.