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Hundreds protest against the victimisation of NUT rep Julie Davies

by Dave Gilchrist
Issue No. 2431

Julie Davies (centre) and supporters on Monday

Julie Davies (centre) and supporters on Monday (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Some 300 teachers, parents and campaigners lobbied Haringey council on Monday of this week in defence of Julie Davies.

Teachers in the north London borough are continuing their fight to defend the victimised NUT union branch secretary.

Local head teachers had refused to sign an agreement that funds union officers to be released from their jobs to attend meetings to defend members. But talks at conciliation service Acas on Monday of last week saw the heads agreeing in principle to sign it.

The deal comes after three days of a rolling programme of strikes by teachers at Fortismere and Highgate Woods secondary schools. These strikes have been suspended although the ballot remains live.

Balloting will continue at another local secondary, Park View, as union officers wait to ensure that the agreement is carried out.

Julie remains suspended by Haringey council and the union branch is determined she be reinstated.

Union members were angered by attacks on Julie and their strike by the Daily Mail. The numbers turning up for leafleting on the strike days doubled after the tabloid attack. Passersby and parents were supportive of the teachers’ action.

Opponents of the union’s action organised a meeting at Fortismere school on Monday of last week. It failed to turn out the way they planned after only a handful of parents in the packed room voted to support the head teacher.


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Tue 25 Nov 2014, 16:14 GMT
Issue No. 2431
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