Workers had won a series of guarantees from the head teacher following the threat of strikes. They have previously struck against plans to turn the school into an academy as part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). They are now fighting to defend their conditions.
Joint NEU rep Jenny Cooper told Socialist Worker, “Even though we are in a MAT, we can at least get the most democratic MAT possible.”
Workers want trade union policy, HR policies and other documents to be put into “reserved matters” and to be protected by a “5-way lock”. This would make it harder for trustees or governors to make changes to them.
At a union meeting, NEU members voted to go ahead with a strike unless they had written copies of two documents from the head. The two documents detail how trustees and governors can make decisions about workers’ pay and conditions.
Following the failure of the head to provide this, NEU members met and unanimously voted to go ahead with the strike. Union reps said that workers “cannot trust verbal agreements, as these have not always been honoured before”.
Wednesday’s strike will be the 12th walkout at The Village School. Workers plan to picket from 7.30am and to meet outside Brent Civic Centre for a protest at noon.