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NewVic college strikers are triple threat to bosses

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Workers are taking on management for the third time in a year. They've already shown that it's sustained action that wins
Issue 2851
A group of strikers at NewVic college

NewVic strikers have shown they know how to win

Workers at NewVic college in Newham, east London, kicked off 30 days of strikes on Tuesday in defence of their working conditions.

The NEU union members are due to strike every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Bosses want to slash administrative and security support.

Workers are also battling for the curriculum to be properly resourced. This is the third dispute at Newvic in the last year, as workers are attempting to fend off the management’s remorseless attacks.

Workers won a key victory when they stopped bosses’ attempts and academisation, and have struck as part of the ongoing national pay dispute. With every dispute, the workers at NewVic have become stronger and more experienced.

The previous disputes show that a hard-hitting programme of action will be necessary to win on the latest front.

Bosses want workers and children to pay for crisis

Lunchtime supervisors and teaching assistants at Pot Kiln Primary School in Great Cornard, Suffolk are gearing up for action. They planned to strike this Thursday and Monday of next week.

The Unison union members are taking action against a proposed ten job cuts. School bosses say the attacks are an opportunity to offset a £75,000 deficit and a projected drop in student numbers.

It’s not just a threat to workers’ jobs, but to the quality of education for children. The job cuts would see support staff hours slashed by a quarter.

Such a move is a direct attack on students with special educational needs. It’s a heavy price for children to pay for a tiny expected fall in enrolment numbers.

Education workers strike to ‘reclaim happy school’

Education workers at Wanstead High School in east London are preparing to take action over excessive workload, lack of consultation and misuse of management procedures.

NEU members scored a whopping 96 percent vote to strike in an indicative ballot. The turnout was 71 percent.

The NEU branch says strikers want to “reclaim their happy school” following the appointment of a new headteacher in September, last year.

Since then “workload has skyrocketed and staff wellbeing and morale is very low”, according to the union.

The union adds that it is concerned about the way some staff have felt targeted, including the three NEU reps.

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Unions for school support staff are preparing to ballot members over potential strikes.

Unison and the GMB announced the move less than a fortnight after local government employers offered maintained school and wider council workforces a £1,925 rise from April.

The NEU should ballot too, despite threats from the TUC that it is not a recognised union for bargaining.

Every worker has the right to ballot and strike.

Unions had called for a 12.7 percent rise for support staff, which they said amounted to 2 per cent above projected inflation.

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