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Issue No. 1986

Teachers in the NUT union at Elthorne Park high school in Ealing, west London, were due to walk out on strike on Thursday of this week against proposed pay cuts after negotiations broke down last week.

The pay cuts, planned for September, stem from a government imposed staff restructuring plan. “Our members are not going to pay for the government’s new structures by cuts in their own pay and pension levels,” says Nick Grant, secretary of Ealing NUT.

“Every other school in Ealing has managed to come to some form of resolution without NUT members having to take strike action,” he adds. “Parents need to ask some serious questions of the employers, Ealing council and the governers of the school.”

Messages of support should be e-mailed to [email protected].

Twenty NUT members at Todmorden high school in West Yorkshire are involved in a dispute over pay cuts and restructuring. They struck on 19 January and are due to walk out again on Wednesday of this week.

The union has announced two more days of strike action in February.

Messages of support should be sent to Lynn Beckingham, Todmorden high school, Ewood Lane, Todmorden OL14 7DG or faxed to 01706 814 821.

A packed meeting of 100 angry parents on Thursday of last week at Alkrington Moss primary school demanded the Labour-controlled council withdraws proposals to shut it.

The parents have set up a website and petition and planned to lobby Rochdale council this week.

The meeting also decided to set up a campaign group to keep the school open.

Derek Fraser, vice president of Rochdale NUT (pc)

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Sat 4 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1986
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