Socialist Worker

Strikes and campaigns in schools, colleges and universities

Issue No. 2387

Pickets in Rotherham

Pickets in Rotherham (Pic: George Arthur)


Abbey Special School in Rotherham

NUT union members at Abbey Special School in Rotherham struck on Thursday of last week against compulsory redundancies.

One picket told Socialist Worker that a new headteacher “told us—accept his new ideas or there will be blood on the carpet”.

Another picket said, “All we want is a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and no victimisation.” 

Teachers plan another two days of strikes this week and three next week. Support staff, members of the GMB union, are also on strike on Monday. 

Send messages of support to ppmac@talktalk.net

George Arthur


Birchgrove Comprehensive School in Swansea

NASUWT union members at Birchgrove Comprehensive School in Swansea were set to strike on Thursday of this week. The action was called in response to management’s unacceptable response to the union’s action short of a strike.

Both NASUWT and NUT union members are involved in national action short of a strike to defend teachers’ conditions. Further strikes are planned for 6, 18, 19 and 20 February. 

Send messages of support to neil.butler@exec.nasuwt.org.uk


 

Gateway Sixth Form pickets

Gateway Sixth Form pickets (Pic: Michael Grisenthwaite)


Gateway sixth form college in Leicester

At Leicester’s Gateway sixth form college, NUT members began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

They are in dispute over changes to the way they are observed and assessed.

These include unlimited classroom observations and no notice of what lesson will be observed. Teachers could be deemed “incapable” after two consecutive “need to improve” grades and potentially sacked.

One striker told Socialist Worker, “College management do not understand the strength of feeling about these unfair changes”. Another said, “We have had enough.”

Send messages of support to lccurotto@gateway.ac.uk, egodley@gateway.ac.uk and icleaver@yahoo.co.uk

Michael Grisenthwaite


Dukeries Academies in Nottingham

Teachers at Nottingham’s Dukeries Academies began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

The NASUWT union members called the action after an unacceptable response to action short of a strike by management.

The walkout follows a two-day strike last week. 

Send messages of support to david.morgan@exec.nasuwt.org.uk


Birmingham University

Members of the Unison and Unite unions at Birmingham University struck on Thursday of last week.

The dispute is about pay and conditions for all support staff—cleaning, catering, security and library workers who keep the university running.

Workers have seen recent real term cuts to pay. 

Send messages of support to matthewraine@outlook.com


Sulivan Primary school in Hammersmith

Parents, school workers and others protested outside Hammersmith Town Hall on Monday of this week against plans to build a free school.

Hammersmith & Fulham council wants to knock down Sulivan Primary school and sell the site to a free school.

Hammersmith & Fulham Teachers’ Association was set to hold an Education Question Time on Wednesday of this week.

It will take place from 7pm in St Pauls Church, Hammersmith, London W6 9PJ.

For more information on the Sulivan school campaign go to saveoursulivan.org


Anti Academies Alliance

The Anti Academies Alliance was set to hold its annual general meeting in London on Saturday of this week. 

Go to www.antiacademies.org.uk for more details.


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