DOUG McAVOY, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), is to authorise a ballot for one-day strike action in London over allowances for working in the capital. NUT leaders say the ballot will take place before half term and they hope the NASUWT, the second largest teachers' union, will also vote for action on London allowances.
News of the ballot will cheer NUT members in London, who staged a vibrant one-day strike before Easter. But limiting the ballot to a vote for one day of action means there is no clear strategy from the top of the union to win. NUT activists are organising to build the mood for strikes and to pressure their leaders to call further action.
PARENTS, PUPILS and teachers are celebrating their successful campaign to save two Liverpool schools. St Mary's and Holy Cross community schools are not to be closed as the Liberal Democrat council first announced several months ago.
A series of protests, and lobbying councillors, has ensured victory. Campaigners are now looking to save four other Roman Catholic schools which are threatened with closure.
PARENTS, PUPILS and staff at Lowfield Primary School have begun a new campaign to stop the closure of the school. The campaign won a victory earlier this year, forcing the council to say it was reversing its closure plans.
However, on the first day back after summer holidays, the now New Labour council said it would close the school. The Hands Off Lowfield campaign has regrouped to fight the closure. We have launched a petition, called protests and will be holding weekly stalls in Sheffield city centre.
ANGELA SHANN, Lowfield parent/Sharrow Socialist Alliance