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Education round up: Teachers strike against job cull at Manchester school

Issue No. 2502

Teachers mount a solid picket line

Teachers mount a solid picket line

Around 25 NUT union members at Prestwich Arts College in Manchester formed a solid picket line on Wednesday of last week.

They were striking against the threat of up to five compulsory redundancies.

Management claim to have financial difficulties.But the redundancies follow the appointment of five new staff in “academic” subjects in February.

If the threat of redundancy is not withdrawn, workers were set to strike again on Wednesday and Thursday.

A three-day strike is planned from Tuesday of next week.

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South London teachers defy bosses' restructuring plan 

NUT union members at John Roan School in Greenwich, south east London, struck for 24 hours on Tuesday.

The walkout follows a two-day strike last week over a restructuring that will lead to job losses, course cuts and higher workloads.

An NUT spokesperson told Socialist Worker, “We face cuts of 20 percent to staff. If people leave they aren’t being replaced.

“The NUT will be calling for a community meeting, including parents, children and teachers.”

Workers say savings could be made without cutting jobs.

The GMB union is also balloting school support workers for strikes.

The NUT plans a further two-day strike on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

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Mood to fight Tories’ plans among young teachers 

Around 140 young teachers gathered in Nottingham last weekend for the NUT union’s young teachers’ conference.

The conference discussed standing up to Tory plans for forced academisaton.

Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, called on young teachers to build the strike ballot.

Top table speakers didn’t always reflect young teachers’ desire to discuss building resistance, but the overall mood was clear.

The conference finished on Sunday by taking a photo in solidarity with junior doctors.

Deal offered after strikes

West dunbartsonshire school bosses have offered teachers a new deal after they struck for 48 hours last week. Their EIS union is recommending it.

The teachers have been fighting council plans to introduce faculties and cut principal teacher posts.

One teacher told Socialist Worker, “Our strikes have shifted management but I don’t think everyone will accept the offer.”

EIS members will be balloted this week. “Whatever the result they’ll not be coming back for us when they look to make more cuts next time,” said the teacher.

Edinburgh students refuse to take Prevent lying down

They were protesting against management’s compliance with the Islamophobic “Prevent” strategy, which forces public sector workers to spy for signs of “extremism”.

They held the sit-in after a new room-booking policy resulted in some student events being cancelled.

A statement from the occupiers attacked Prevent for “justifying the disproportionate surveillance of Muslims”. It added, “Students oppose the hate-filled rhetoric and practices of the Prevent strategy.”

UCU union members at Hull College struck on Tuesday over pay and “controversial” lesson observations.

Bosses have gone back on a promise to give workers a 0.7 percent pay rise.

They also promised to improve the lesson observation process, but workers say changes have made them more stressed.

Some 84 percent of UCU members had supported strikes in a ballot and 95 percent backed action short of a strike.


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