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Stem 6 strikes push bosses back – again

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Issue 2390
Pickets at Stem 6 academy in Islington
Pickets at Stem 6 academy in Islington (Pic: Jenny Leow)

Teachers at a north London free school have won a resounding victory.

NUT union members at Stem 6 Academy in Islington were in dispute with bosses over union recognition and contracts.

The NUT suspended a planned strike last month after bosses promised to recognise the union and negotiate over contracts. When they reneged on that promise, teachers struck for two days on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

Now the action has pushed bosses back again. They have provided a draft union recognition agreement and a proposed timetable for negotiations on a revised staff contract.

These are due to conclude by the end of next week.

The union suspended a planned three-day strike for this week, pending negotiations on terms and conditions, after consulting with Stem 6 teachers.

But union reps stressed that further strikes could be called depending on the outcome of negotiations.

Ken Muller, assistant secretary of Islington NUT, told Socialist Worker that last week’s walkout was “solid”.

“Teachers’ morale is high,” he added.

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