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Higher education union meeting to discuss pay claim

21 October 2008
The higher education (HE) sector of the UCU union meets on 7 November to discuss the pay claim that we will be submitting to our employers.

Joy at abolition of Sats tests in secondary schools

15 October 2008
There will be jubilation in secondary schools at the announcement by schools secretary Ed Balls that Sats tests are to be scrapped with immediate effect. But there will be despair in primary schools where the tests are to be retained.

Success for Bolton campaign against academies

14 October 2008
Members of the NUT teachers union in Bolton scored a significant victory last week in our ongoing campaign against academies in the town.

Striking against sackings at Barnsley College

14 October 2008
Barnsley college was brought to a virtual standstill on Tuesday of last week by a strike by over 200 lecturers in the UCU union.

Teachers campaign to win strike ballot

14 October 2008
There is a serious fight on in the NUT teachers’ union to win the ballot for strike action over pay.

Fighting deportation of teacher Farhan Zakaria

14 October 2008
Farhan Zakaria, a popular teacher and NUT union activist at Sarah Bonnell school in Stratford, east London, is threatened with imminent deportation to Bangladesh.

Lecturers accept pay deal

14 October 2008
Lecturers in further education in the UCU union have voted by 89 percent to accept a 3.2 percent pay deal from October.

Nottingham Trent University union derecognition battle

07 October 2008
Up to 300 people attended a lobby called by Nottingham Trent University UCU union branch on Monday of this week. They were demanding that management’s threat to derecognise the lecturers’ union is lifted.

Launch Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning

07 October 2008
Up to 200 people attended a meeting to launch the Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning (Call) on Tuesday of last week.

UCU ballot continues

07 October 2008
Further education lecturers in the UCU union are currently balloting over whether to accept a below-inflation pay offer.

Vote yes for public sector pay strikes

07 October 2008
The NUT teachers’ union began balloting its 250,000 members on Monday of this week. The ballot is for national strike action against a below-inflation, three-year pay deal.

Anti-academies round-up

07 October 2008
Parkwood School Anti Academies Alliance campaigners from around the country were out canvassing parents in Sheffield last Saturday, arguing for a no vote in a council ballot over whether Parkwood School should become an academy.

Teachers out to win pay ballot

30 September 2008
Around 250,000 teachers across England and Wales will be balloted from Monday of next week on whether to take national, discontinuous strike action over pay.

Sinfin community school strike in Derby

30 September 2008
Members of the NASUWT teaching union at Sinfin community school in Derby took strike action on Thursday of last week over plans to transform the school into an academy.

Why are City spivs running our schools?

30 September 2008
With the global financial system currently in meltdown, surely it is time to stop handing our schools over to the people who are largely responsible for this disaster.

Sheffield academy ballot

30 September 2008
Sheffield council is running a ballot of parents over plans to transform Parkwood school into an academy.

Colleges round-up

30 September 2008
FE pay Further education lecturers in the UCU union are being balloted from Monday of this week over their latest pay offer.

Derby teachers strike against academy

23 September 2008
Teachers in the NASUWT union at Sinfin Community School in Derby are to strike for three days over plans to turn the school into an academy.

Lecturers hold pay conference in Birmingham

16 September 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union is holding a special sector pay conference for further education lecturers this Saturday in Birmingham.

Crucial vote on Sheffield academy

09 September 2008
Parents and teachers in Sheffield demanding high quality state education are preparing for a massive no campaign in a ground-breaking ballot on whether a local school is turned into an academy.

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