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Issue No. 1991

Teachers strike against job cuts

Members of the NUT teaching union at Mayville Primary School, east London, held a one-day strike on Thursday of last week.

The action was against staff restructuring proposals. The proposals would mean that seven out of 11 permanent members of the teaching staff would have to apply for jobs within a new structure.

Before the strike had even began, an agency teacher who had joined the union was fired.

NUT branch secretary Rinaldo Frezzato said, “This teacher had been working at the school for some time.

“Her engagement was through an agency, and it has been suggested that this engagement means that she was prevented from going on strike because of the anti-union laws.

“After she joined the union, the head called her in and demanded to know if she was going to join the strike.

“When she told the head that it was her intention to, the head terminated her contract at the school with immediate effect.

“Her unjustified sacking is now part of this dispute and we certainly won’t consider it resolved unless she is reinstated.”

The strike action itself was solid. It is the first strike at an individual school in the London borough of Waltham Forest for over 30 years.

Teachers at the school want to escalate the action to a series of three-day strikes if management does not meet their demands.


Oldham NUT action planned

Teachers in Oldham, Greater Manchester, are planning to set up industrial action over changes to their pay structure.

The NUT teaching union has announced a series of one?day strikes to be held at two secondary schools in Oldham – Breeze Hill and Saddleworth.

The strikes will result in the closure of both schools on safety grounds.

Strikes at the two schools are planned for 14 March, 29 March and 30 March.

The industrial action is only the second time individual school strikes have been held in Oldham in the last two decades.


Ealing walkout is no comedy

Teachers at Elthorne Park High School, Ealing, west London held a two-day strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week over pay.

The action follows a one-day strike in early February.


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Sat 11 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1991
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