AROUND 60 people attended the Unity Conference called by Ealing National Union of Teachers (NUT) last Saturday and heard an inspiring set of speakers. The conference was introduced by Christine Blower, secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham NUT, and ex-president of the NUT.
Christine talked about how the market is ripping into schools and students' and teachers' lives through privatisation and testing. People from Lewisham and South Gloucestershire stressed the need for teachers to respect picket lines.
The conference was also addressed by Kevin Courtney, secretary of Camden NUT, and speakers from the firefighters' FBU union and the rail workers' RMT union. Their common theme was the need to unite public sector workers against the contemptuous treatment they receive from the government. Speakers from the floor talked about building for a campaign against SATs and for organising on 31 October against the war.
A PROTEST will take place on Monday in support of Indro Sen, NUT rep and head of maths at Kingsland School in Hackney. He has been a teacher at the school for over 20 years. Sen, known for his inspirational teaching, has been dismissed over matters relating to GCSE coursework. NUT officials do not believe he should be sacked. The campaign to save Sen's job should be backed at the same time as fighting to stop the closure of the school.
Lobby the appeal, Monday 28 October, 4-6pm, Technology and Learning Centre, Mare Street.