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Issue No. 2461

Bradford College strikers determined to beat attacks

Marching to the town hall for the rally

Marching to the town hall for the rally (Pic: Neil Terry)


Bradford College UCU members struck on Tuesday of last week against compulsory redundancies. Picket lines began at 7am and at their peak there were 70 people.

The strikers were determined to fight for their jobs and against the destruction of FE provision at Bradford College. 

Pickets marched to the town hall for a rally.

They then made their way to a regional rally in Leeds with members of the Unite and Unison unions. Another strike was planned for Thursday of this week.

Umit Yildiz


‘Significant gains’ by action 

The NUT union has made significant gains in a dispute involving two schools in Newham, east London.

Teachers at Rokeby and Sarah Bonnell schools had struck over a change of employer linked to plans to turn the schools into academies.

Bosses asked to meet the union, and both union groups voted for further action if talks were not successful.

The gains the union has made concern protecting terms and conditions under the trust and ensuring that future changes are negotiated with the union.

They have protected terms and conditions much better than would have been achieved without strikes.

A Newham NUT member


The NUT union has suspended strikes at Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow, east London.

Teachers had planned to walk out every week until the end of the summer term in defence of two sacked workers, Flor Thompson and Diana George. 

The union suspended the action after bosses agreed to an inquiry into the sackings.

It has also suspended a planned three-day strike during August.


Parents support teachers

On strike against academisation

On strike against academisation (Pic: Simon O’Hara)


NUT, NASUWT and ATL union members held a vibrant, solid strike at Small Heath School in Birmingham on Thursday of last week. 

This follows a strike a month ago against the threat of academisation at the school.

Students and parents came to the picket line—and some brought food. 

Staff members had felt a boost the evening before when many attended a parents’ meeting. Every parent that spoke supported the striking teachers.

Simon O’Hara

Union/parents’ meeting Tue 14 July, 5-7pm, The Bia Lounge, B10 0JU

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