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Education round-up

Issue No. 2479

Teachers stick together to stop bosses’ disciplinaries

Unions have suspended a planned strike this week at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, after reaching a settlement.

NUT and NASUWT union members at the school struck on Tuesday of last week over “leadership and management issues”.

Some workers had been suspended following a union meeting at the school.

Workers had planned to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Sally Kincaid is the divisional secretary of Wakefield and District NUT. She told Socialist Worker, “Management have withdrawn formal disciplinary action against two staff members.

“This is a real result that shows what can be done when workers stick together.

“Over 50 teachers joined picket lines last week. Management has realised they can’t run a school without teachers.”

Sadie Robinson

Protesting in Derby

Protesting in Derby (Pic: Kieran Picken)


Assistants in pay protest

The Unison union held a second demonstration against severe attacks on school support staff by the Labour-led Derby City Council on Wednesday of last week.

Some teaching assistants face up to 25 percent wage cuts, and the mood was angry and noisy.

There was a lot of support from the public as car horns joined the shouts, whistles and chants of demonstrators.

A solidarity delegation from the NUT union and local People’s Assembly supported the protest.

An unexpected development was the presence of the Derby North Labour Party banner—even as the Labour council tries to push through these pay cuts.

It bore the face of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Kieran Picken

Send messages of support to the Derby Unison branch at unison@derby.gov.uk

Teachers to lobby parliament over funding cuts

The NUT teachers’ union has called a lobby of parliament on Wednesday 18 November in protest at education funding cuts.

One Yorkshire teacher said the impact of cuts on school budgets had been “unbelievable”.

A London teacher said courses had been cut “to the detriment of students” due to lack of money.

Teachers will meet in the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower and shadow education secretary Lucy Powell will address teachers there between 10.30 and 11am on the day.


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Tue 10 Nov 2015, 17:03 GMT
Issue No. 2479
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