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Teacher's at National Autistic Society schools strike back over attacks on conditions

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2389

Picket line at Robert Ogden school in Barnsley

Picket line at Robert Ogden school in Barnsley (Pic: George Arthur)


Teachers at four schools run by the National Autistic Society (NAS) struck for three days last week.

The NUT and NASUWT members began the three-day strike on Tuesday against appalling treatment from the NAS. 

Those from outside London travelled to the capital to lobby the NAS as they began the strike.

The local NUT branch paid for teachers from Robert Ogden school in Barnsley to travel to the lobby.

One picket told Socialist Worker, “Management has been telling staff at each school that teachers in the other schools have accepted the newly imposed terms and conditions.

“When we met up we found out it was a lie. It was a real boost to find out that we are united.”

Another picket said, “They want to cut our sick pay entitlement. 

Pay

“But with our pupils there is a constant risk of injury and having to take time off. We can’t afford to accept that.”

Svitlana teaches at Sybil Elgar school in west London. She said, “We deal with extremely challenging behaviour and we need to be prepared for it,” she added. 

“We are striking to defend our conditions.”

Workers have now taken six days of strikes. The NAS has offered talks on Monday of next week—but has also sent dismissal notices to teachers. The NUT and NASUWT unions have given notification of further strikes. 

But after receiving the dismissal notices, most workers want the unions to call all-out action.

The strikes are sustained by the unions. 

They have held collections for non teaching staff who have refused to cross picket lines and lost pay. 

Non teaching staff have balloted to reject new terms and conditions.

Any donations sent to the dispute will be passed on to help those who have respected the picket lines.

Thanks to George Arthur

Send messages of support to Sheila Baker at mssb22@hotmail.com

 


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