AROUND 100 people lobbied a Calderdale (Halifax) council meeting on Wednesday of last week in noisy protest at the threat of closure of a popular local school, Mixenden Community Primary. Councillors callously voted for closure-all Labour and Tory councillors. Just one Lib Dem and three Nazi BNP councillors voted against.
Last Saturday around 50 people, parents and children of Mixenden Community Primary School, walked the long trek to one of the schools which is being suggested as an alternative. Respect members handed out a leaflet defending the school. The leaflet also highlighted the danger of the Nazis.
Croydon CROYDON COUNCIL in south London is refusing to back down from threatened compulsory redundancies in schools, despite a half day strike by teachers and support staff last week. 'We are continuing our campaign involving teachers, support staff and parents,' says Dave Harvey, secretary of the NUT union in the area. There will be a mass lobby of the council at the beginning of next month. We are looking to ballot for further strike action. The dispute is about compulsory redundancies, but teachers and support staff are also motivated by anger at the council's call to replace teachers with support staff as part of its cuts.
Dave Harvey is standing for the national executive of the NUT in elections that began on Wednesday of this week. Also standing in the outer London area is Ealing NUT secretary Nick Grant as part of a left wing slate.