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Reports round-up: Girls Day School Trust strike—teachers protest outside parliament

Private school teachers are fighting to defend pensions
Issue 2793
Pickets on the Girls Day School Trust strike with home made placards against fire and rehire

Picketing outside the Girls Day School Trust school in Oxford (Pic: Julie Simmons)

Over 1,500 teachers at 23 private schools returned to picket lines this week in a huge battle to protect pensions and defy fire and rehire attacks. Teachers at schools run by the Girls Day School Trust struck on Tuesday of this week and were set to strike again on Wednesday. Strikers were set to rally at Parliament Square in central London on Wednesday afternoon.

Two weeks ago, before half term, strikes were widespread and vibrant, with at least 40 picket lines. Strikers held banners, sang and chanted in an attempt to defend the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

Bosses want to withdraw from the scheme, cutting pensions by thousands of pounds in many cases. In a parallel fight, around 100 teachers at Forest School in east London were also set to strike Wednesday. They face similar attacks on pensions.


For a list of schools on strike and how to send solidarity go to neuleft.org


New protests over polluting tunnel

Activists and residents of east London were set to protest this Saturday against the construction of the Silvertown tunnel.

The tunnel will stretch from Greenwich to Newham and will mean more pollution, increased motor traffic and higher emissions. Doctors were also set to gather at the Newham mayor’s office on Thursday of this week to highlight the cost the tunnel will have to people’s health.


For more info go to stopsilvertowntn.com


Solid strike vote on Sussex bins

Over 60 refuse and recycling workers in Adur and Worthing have voted unanimously to strike. They are demanding uplifts in pay grades and a review into management practices.

An impressive 100 percent of workers voted in favour of strikes on a 90 percent turnout. The members of the GMB union are also asking for increased rates of overtime and for changes in shift patterns.


More delivery drivers join the fight

A strike of workers for fast food delivery service Just Eat has spread to Leicester, and Dewsbury in West Yorkshire. Workers in Chesterfield and Sunderland also rejoined the Just Eat strike last week.

The members of the IWGB union began action after Stuart, a subcontractor of Just Eat, cut workers’ wages from £4.50 to £3.40 for every trip in several cities. The strikers have focused on picketing individual restaurants such as McDonald’s and Greggs.


Full steam ahead for strike in Rugby

Workers at GE Steam Power factory in Rugby began strikes last Thursday. More than 75 Unite union members will strike for 12 days until 2 May.

The company has refused to negotiate over flexible working payments and are expecting workers to take on new roles without extra pay.


Scaffolders’ latest action postponed

The Unite union postponed a national day of action that was set for Tuesday at the Scunthorpe British Steel site. Scaffolders have struck since last year.

The Scunthorpe scaffolders are paid up to 15  percent below the nationally-agreed rate by contractor Actavo at the North Lincolnshire site. Unite claimed this cancellation of the protest was to encourage talks.

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