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Fifth strike looms at Small Heath School

Teachers at Birmingham’s Small Heath School were set to strike on Thursday of next week.

It will be the workers’ fifth walkout in a dispute to stop the school becoming an academy.

The action involves NUT, NASUWT and ATL union members.

They have won support from parents, students and other trade unionists.

Send messages of support to banut@btclick.com

Stressed teachers call pay walkout

Teachers at a north London free school have called a series of strikes over conditions and pay.

The NUT union members work at Tech City, formerly STEM 6. They unanimously voted for strikes after a stressed worker collapsed in the classroom.

Workers plan to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and Tuesday to Thursday the following week.

Send messages of support to nut@islingtonteachers.org.uk

Cass students protest against cuts at London Met

Students at the Cass arts college in east London protested outside a meeting of London Metropolitan University’s (LMU) board of governors on Thursday of last week.

LMU bosses want to close courses and scrap student places as part of a plan to merge campuses in east and north London.


Tories take over fracking appeal

Tory minister Greg Clark announced last week that he will decide whether Cuadrilla will be allowed to frack for shale gas in Lancashire.

Cuadrilla is appealing a decision made in June by Lancashire county council to halt fracking. The vote followed widespread local campaigning.

By taking the appeal out of the hands of the planning inspector, Clark can now override this. The appeal is to be heard in February.


Wardens vote to strike in Brighton

Traffic wardens in Brighton and Hove have voted unanimously to strike against low pay.

The GMB union members are demanding a 4 percent pay rise from outsourcer NSL.


Action starts at Teesside landlord

Some 450 workers were set to begin a work to rule and overtime ban on Saturday of this week at Teesside housing association Thirteen.

The Unite union members face deep pay cuts through changes to their contracts.


EDF meter readers in talks at Acas

The Unite union called and then suspended a week-long strike by Smart meter readers at EDF Energy last week.

The walkout was to involve around 70 workers from Monday of this week.

Talks were set to take place at conciliation service Acas from Tuesday to Thursday of next week.


Anti-racists take on Ukip in Oldham

Anti-racists leafleted against Ukip outside its headquarters in Royton last Saturday. The racist party is standing in a by-election in the Oldham West and Royton constituency set to take place on Thursday of this week.

Stand Up to Ukip protesters also targeted Ukip leader Nigel Farage when he spoke in Leeds on Monday of this week.


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Tue 1 Dec 2015, 17:32 GMT
Issue No. 2482
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