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Leeds schools

Issue No. 1908

EDUCATION workers across four unions in Leeds have voted for a one-day strike against compulsory redundancies of teachers and support staff.

Members of the Unison, NUT, NASUWT and GMB unions are fighting the loss of the equivalent of 70 full time posts.

The NUT result was an 82 percent yes vote, with a similar majority in the NASUWT. Unison and GMB also voted yes and the strike has been called for Thursday of next week.

The job losses are a combined result of school amalgamations, closures and budget shortfalls across both the primary and secondary sector.

The proposed joint action would put us in a stronger position to win the extension of contracts until permanent posts for all the workers are found within the city’s schools.

Such redeployment rights apply to other council workers but are being denied to those who are managed by Education Leeds, the private body that runs our schools.

Last year the threat of action by NUT alone saved the jobs of all teachers at risk of compulsory redundancy at the end of the summer term.

The new council in Leeds, which is now run by an alliance of the Tories, Liberal Democrats and Greens, was to hear a proposal this week to guarantee a year’s temporary contract for all those threatened with redundancy so they can be redeployed.

If they do not accept that then we are determined to strike.

PAULA CHAMPION
NUT union rep


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Sat 3 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1908
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