Nine year wait for pay
The five schoolkeepers at South Camden Community School in Camden, north London, were set to take strike action on Wednesday of this week in support of their pay dispute with the council and the school.
The NUT teachers’ union and the Unison union have said that this means that the school should be closed on health and safety grounds.
NUT members have signed letters to say that, in a personal capacity, they are not prepared to cross picket lines.
The schoolkeepers have been underpaid since 1997.
Despite numerous attempts to correct the error over the last two years, with the involvement of GMB union officials and a succession of council officers, they have still not been put onto their proper salary or received their back pay. In addition to the strike, the schoolkeepers will only work their contractual hours from now on.
This will have big implications for the cleaning of the schools, teacher preparation and extra curriculum activities.
The Socialist Teachers Alliance and the Campaign for a Democratic and Fighting Union are standing candidates in the current NUT teachers’ union national executive elections.
The platform is standing candidates in outer London, Wales and Norfolk.
In a number of regions ballots are not taking place as positions were uncontested.
The results will be known at the beginning of April.