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Counthill School in Oldham on strike

by Mac Andrassy
Issue No. 2026

On the damp picket line at Counthill school

On the damp picket line at Counthill school

Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Counthill School in Oldham struck on Tuesday and Thursday of last week as part of our ongoing dispute over pay cuts imposed by the government restructuring of teachers’ roles.

On Tuesday, despite torrential rain, 18 NUT members picketed. Union membership has steadily increased since the dispute began, and in total 27 teachers walked out.

The weather didn’t dampen the mood on the picket as, to the sounds of Bob Marley’s “Get up, stand up”, we leafleted the members of other unions. Many seemed pleased to be able to give active support after their own leadership had agreed to the changes.

On Thursday 28 teachers struck with 23 on the picket line. The head had upped the stakes by opening the school to some students, but this just angered members of the ATL and NASUWT unions who were refusing to cover our classes or perform duties which would undermine our action.

The strikers were encouraged by the news of the chair of governors resignation. Although this decision is not “directly related” to the strikes it could provide an opportunity for the governing body to back down.

South Chadderton School which was to strike on the same day postponed their action to got to arbitration service Acas.

If a satisfactory result is not reached, however, they will strike for three days next week.

Messages of support really do boost strikers’ morale. Keep them coming to Mac Andrassy, NUT rep Counthill School at [email protected] and Jeff Evans NUT rep South Chadderton School at [email protected]

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Sat 11 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2026
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