Socialist Worker

Defend Haringey teachers' union rep Julie Davies from bosses' attacks

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2430

Julie Davies

Julie Davies (Pic: Terry Sullivan)


The right wing press has attacked union rep Julie Davies. 

Julie is divisional secretary of Haringey NUT in north London. But the council suspended her after receiving two letters from head teachers’ groups.

The letters contain no specific allegations. Yet they say that head teachers will refuse to sign up to the Service Level Agreement (SLA) on Facilities Time “in the current climate”.

The SLA enables trade unions to more effectively represent their members.

One letter says heads will not sign the agreement while Julie “is in post”. Teachers in two Haringey schools, Highgate Wood and Fortismere, struck for two days last week over the attack. They were set to strike again on Thursday of this week. 

Talks between the union and bosses were set to take place at Acas as Socialist Worker went to press.

Right wing rags such as the Daily Mail are outraged that striking teachers have received strike pay. They claim Haringey parents are furious with the union.

Yet many support the strikes.

Mrs Carter is a parent of two children at Fortismere school. She told Socialist Worker, “The NUT has the children’s best interest at heart. 

“My children say that teachers are the best thing about Fortismere.

“Teachers are not to blame. It is for the NUT to choose their union rep—the heads and the council need to grow up and respect teachers.”

Teachers have been accused of disregarding children’s education by striking. 

Mrs Carter disagreed. “On strike days some year groups had to attend school only to be sat with nothing to do,” she said. 

“That’s just so the head Helen Anthony can say the school was partially open.”

Workers say heads want to get rid of Julie because she is an effective union rep. Trade unionists should stand up for union rights and support her.

Sign the petition to defend Julie at bit.ly/Wyg4Md and send messages of support to admin@haringeynut.org.uk
Support a lobby of the council meeting on Monday of next week from 6pm and check juliedavies.org.uk for updates

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