Socialist Worker

East London teachers strike against academy plans

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2455

Teachers on the picket line

Teachers on the picket line at Rokeby school (Pic: Guy Smallman )

NUT union members at Rokeby school in east London struck today, Tuesday, against plans to turn their school into an academy

They plan a further six days of strikes later this month.

George Fuller is the NUT rep at the school. He told Socialist Worker, “We’ve had lots of people picketing and the mood on the picket line has been great. Management are trying to keep the school open, but only year seven, eight and nine pupils are in.”

The threat of academy conversion hangs over two other schools in the borough – Lister and Sarah Bonnell schools.

Union members are balloting for strikes at Sarah Bonnell and have voted for strikes at Lister.

George said, “There have been some problems at our school because of delays in ballots. But we hope that teachers in the other schools can join our strikes later this month. And I’ve been bombarded with messages of support from all over Britain.

“If we can build a momentum around the dispute, then we can win.”

Pickets were buoyed by news of a victory in Lewisham over academies, where the threat to convert three schools was withdrawn this week. Determined action can beat academies.

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