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Teachers fight job losses at John Roan school in Greenwich

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2501

Teachers at John Roan School in Greenwich, south east London, began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

The NUT union members are fighting a restructuring that would lead to job losses, course cuts and push up workload.

An NUT spokesperson on the picket line told Socialist Worker, “We’ve had seven weeks of so-called consultation. But there’s been no movement from the head and that is unacceptable.

“We say there has been misinformation given about a deficit the school has.

“When you look at the paperwork, it’s down to an increase in non-staffing costs. So why not cut them, or at least investigate them?”

Workers plan further strikes on Tuesday of next week, and on 11 and 12 May.

Send messages of support to johnroannut@gmail.com

West Dunbartonshire strikers slam council’s lies

Scottish teachers’ union EIS blew apart claims from West Dunbartonshire Council aimed at undermining support for strikes at the local authority’s secondary schools last week.

Teachers walked out for 48 hours on Tuesday in the latest strike this year.

The council claimed that less than half the union’s members supported its strikes over the introduction of school faculties and cuts to principal teacher posts.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan pointed out that a 91 percent vote on an 88 percent turnout were “figures which even the Tory government at Westminster couldn’t dispute”.

Jim Halfpenny of West Dunbartonshire EIS said the council had also put out “deliberate misinformation” about its cuts.

Send solidarity messages to westdunbartonshire@eis.org.uk

Ballot at Small Heath

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham are voting in an indicative ballot over whether to strike if union rep Simon O’Hara is dismissed.

The ballot of NUT union members ends on Friday of this week. School bosses suspended Simon after he helped lead a series of strikes to stop the school becoming an academy.

NUT members have struck for ten days to demand Simon’s reinstatement.

Send messages of support to banut@btclick.com and jo_simon@yahoo.co.uk

Strike in Hackney

Teachers struck at Hornsey School for Girls in North London over oppressive management on Tuesday.


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