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Solidarity boosts solid strike at St Wilfrid's school in west Yorkshire

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2478

The 60-strong picket line outside St Wilfrids school this morning

The 60-strong picket line outside St Wilfrid's school this morning (Pic: Sally Kincaid )

Teachers at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone, west Yorkshire, struck today, Tuesday, in a dispute over “leadership and management issues”.

The NASUWT union members voted by 98 percent to strike and NUT union members by 100 percent.

Michael Sproats is the NUT rep at the school. He told Socialist Worker, “We’ve had a really good turnout with over 60 teachers on the picket line.

“Unite and GMB union members have come to show support. And Unison members in the school who hope to ballot for strikes have joined us too.”

Teachers are angry that staff members were suspended following a union meeting at the school.

“There’s been a real mismanagement at the school,” said Michael. “A number of new policies have increased workload and teacher stress. They have forced some of the best people out.”

Michael said the changes had “brought nothing” to the school. And he added that they were driven by government education policy.

“Management is under pressure from the government to deliver on data and results,” he explained. “This flows from right wing policies that don’t value children.”

The unions plan five more strike days this month – on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the following week.

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Tue 3 Nov 2015, 17:28 GMT
Issue No. 2478
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