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Oldham schools oppose academy plans

by Mac Andrassy, NUT Rep Counthill School
Issue No. 2010

On the picket line at Counthill School

On the picket line at Counthill School

Some 40 education workers attended a meeting in Oldham on Monday of last week. It was organised by the local NUT teachers’ union branch to oppose plans to turn four schools into two academies.

It was addressed by a teacher working in an academy and NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott.

This was the first step in building a campaign to unite the unions, parents, governors and students against the privatisation of our schools.

NUT members at Counthill school, one of the schools under threat, then struck on Wednesday of last week against pay cuts imposed as part of the government’s restructuring.

Although the school had been closed to students, 18 teachers picketed the school. Unison union members refused to cross the picket line. Teachers at the school had refused to cross their picket line on 28 March.

NASUWT and ATL union members showed their support by bringing out cups of tea and biscuits. We are now determined to carry on the fight in September.

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Sat 22 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2010
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