OVER 1,000 teachers and classroom assistants struck on Monday afternoon of this week in Croydon, south London. They were striking against the Labour council's plans to push through £8 million budget cuts which mean 200 job losses.
The council wants to replace qualified teachers with classroom assistants who are not qualified for teaching and cost less than teachers. Both the NUT and Unison unions oppose this. Some 500 parents, teachers and supporters joined a loud, lively and angry march to Croydon Town Hall to lobby the council.