By Thomas Foster
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Strike over pension blow + fight against fire and rehire plans

Education workers at Bedford Greenacre Independent School and nursery workers in south London struck
Issue 2902
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Nursery workers on picket lines in south London on Tuesday (Picture: Ben Morris)

Teachers at Bedford Greenacre Independent School in Bedford took to picket lines on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The NEU education union members say it’s to protect their pensions and dispute their employer’s use of fire and rehire tactics. 

The governors of the school wrote to NEU members saying they will be sacked on Tuesday if they don’t accept worse terms. 

Employers are placing NEU members in an unacceptable position where fire and rehire have become a reality. The teachers are right to fight back. 

And workers at nurseries in Balham and Eastwood, south London, struck on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

They are striking over proposed cuts that would leave many redundant. They were on strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

Employers are threatening members of the NEU union with compulsory redundancy amid plans to reduce the number of nursery places for children.

These nurseries take a high proportion of children with special educational needs (Send) and are well-known for providing a range of provision to children with Send.

But the cuts would drastically reduce learning opportunities and the provision offered. 

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College workers will not give up on pay

Workers at several colleges that are part of the Education Training Collective (ETC) won’t give up on winning a pay rise. 

Workers in Cleveland, Redcar and Stockton-on-Tees voted to strike again in a long running battle to get a better 2022-23 pay deal. 

ETC bosses continue to say that workers should accept the 3 percent pay increase for that year, with an additional 1 percent from May 2023. 

This group of workers have already struck six times this year.

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