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New ballot to back Simon O'Hara

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2499

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham are preparing to hold an indicative ballot for strikes if suspended NUT union rep Simon O'Hara is dismissed.

This follows a series of strikes to defend Simon and previous walkouts to stop the school becoming an academy.

The union called off the strikes to defend Simon after bosses said they would lift his suspension.Theythenpromptly suspended him again.

Bosses are targeting Simon because he helped lead successful strikes against academisation. They want to weaken the union so that they can push through attacks.

It is a matter of national importance that a union activist has been suspended for carrying out NUT policy and opposing academies.

The battle is not just about one rep. It is about the right of workers to organise and union rights.

NUT members at Small Heath have repeatedly shown they are willing to strike to defend their conditions and their rep.

They have won widespread support—and if they vote for more action, they can push bosses back

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