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Teachers move to defend victimised rep Julie Davies

by by Phil Brett, NUT rep Harris Primary Academy
Issue No. 2424

Two north London secondary schools—Fortis Green and Highgate Wood—have held indicative votes to ballot for action to defend Haringey divisional secretary Julie Davies.

Julie has been suspended for trite reasons, including writing a “rude” email about her domestic rubbish collection.

The aim is to have a strike day before half term. 

If the council continues with the attack then more schools will be balloted for escalating and sustained action. 

A large and angry Haringey NUT union meeting last week unanimously voted to step up the campaign to defend Julie. Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, addressing the meeting.


Some secondary school head teachers have said they will not sign the Service Level Agreement (SLA) unless she is removed as a union official. SLA funds union facility time, which allows union reps to carry out their duties.

It is not for managers to decide on who is an official, but us, the membership. 

Julie is being victimised because she is an effective union activist. She was involved in the campaign to stop Downhills Primary School being turned into an academy.

The NUT is also challenging the council’s right to suspend Julie in the courts. And campaigners plan a lobby of the council next month.

If it is lost then not only will Haringey NUT be weakened but so could every other association. 

They are our officials and we shall decide on who represents us. Not the bosses.

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Tue 7 Oct 2014, 17:06 BST
Issue No. 2424
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