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Newham schools strike to stop the academisers

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Issue 2592


Strikers on the picket line at Avenue school
Strikers on the picket line at Avenue school (Pic: Guy Smallman)

National Education Union (NEU) members at three east London schools were set to strike together on Thursday of this week.

Workers at Cumberland, Avenue and Keir Hardie schools in Newham are fighting plans to turn their schools into academies.

For NEU members at Avenue it was the third day of a three-day walkout.

The coordinated action follows a series of strikes at Cumberland and Avenue against the plans. Strikers say the plan puts children’s education at risk in the poorest borough in Britain.

Cumberland teaching assistant Nishi told Socialist Worker, “Privatisation is not good for staff or children.


“I’m worried about what might happen to special educational needs teaching. But if we all stick together, we can win.”

NEU rep Carolyn said the academy plan was a “mockery”. “It’s a very upsetting and difficult situation,” she said.

She added that the fight has pulled more people into the union.

Parents have supported strikers and are also fighting the academy plans. The Newham Against Academisation campaign plans to lobby Newham council on Monday of next week from 6pm.

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NEU union members at Connaught School for Girls in east London are preparing to strike in a dispute over pay.

Teachers have been balloted over the payment of an Inner London allowance as an Outer London school. This is the first time a school in an outer London area has been balloted over the question.

Teachers voted for strikes on a 96 percent turnout. They plan their first walkout on Tuesday of next week.

Teachers believe that the current outer London allowance is not enough.

NEU members at the school have argued that it should pay the Inner London allowance—this is already being paid by other schools in Waltham Forest.

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