Campaign against academies in Lewisham grows as schools set to strike
NUT, NASUWT and GMB union members at four schools in Lewisham, south east London, are set to strike on Thursday of this week against proposals to turn them into academies.
The local Labour-led council is forcing through an application for Sedgehill School. The company, Leathersellers, is doing the same for the three Prendergast Schools—Ladywell Fields, Ladywell Vale and Hilly Fields.
The Stop Academies in Lewisham (Sail) campaign is urging the public to join the picket lines from 7.30am and the lobby of Leathersellers at Mansion House afterwards.
An overflowing public meeting last week heard from the successful Hove Park campaign against an academy in Brighton.
Parents, teachers and students pledged take on the combined force of the council and Leathersellers.
Barnsley College votes to escalate action
UCU union members at Barnsley College voted last week to escalate action to defend jobs and conditions.
A strike was suspended last month as bosses offered concessions. But they refused to agree to concessions proposed by the UCU.
Workers have resolved to take a four-day and a five-day strike in the coming weeks unless bosses come up with a better offer.
Lecturers and students have reacted with anger to funding cuts of up to a quarter for adult learning courses. The UCU union said millions of vulnerable adults access to education will be cut. ucu.org.uk/fefunding