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Why teachers should be on strike

11 November 2008
The public sector pay fight suffered a serious setback last week when the NUT teachers’ union decided not to call further strikes over pay. This was good news for the government and employers.

Teachers' round-up

04 November 2008
New strike at Sinfin school NASUWT union members at the Sinfin community school in Derby began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week in their continuing campaign against plans to turn the school into an academy.

Another Education Is Possible campaign launched

04 November 2008
The Another Education Is Possible campaign was launched on Saturday of last week, with 170 delegates from universities across Britain attending the launch conference.

Goldsmiths lecturers reject privatisation plans

04 November 2008
This week lecturers at Goldsmiths College massively rejected management proposals to privatise the recruitment of teaching

Build fight over lecturers' pay

04 November 2008
On Friday of this week the UCU union will hold a conference of lecturers in higher education to discuss our 2009 pay claim.

Sheffield activists may challenge academy result

28 October 2008
Campaigners against academy schools in Sheffield are considering whether to challenge a "consultation ballot" that took place in the city over plans to turn Parkwood School into an academy.

Last few days of NUT ballot

28 October 2008
There are just a few days of voting left in the NUT teachers’ union’s ballot for strike action over pay.

Barnsley college dispute resolved

21 October 2008
Members of the UCU union at Barnsley college have voted to call off their campaign of strikes to win the reinstatement of sacked UCU branch official Bob Willerton.

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.

Celebrate Sats victory

21 October 2008
There was jubilation in secondary schools last week as the government announced it was scrapping Sats tests for 14 year olds in English, maths and science.

Push to build yes vote for strikes over teachers’ pay

21 October 2008
Teachers in the NUT union have less than two weeks to build the yes vote in their national ballot for strike action over pay.

Preston anti-academies campaign

21 October 2008
It’s been a busy week for anti-academy campaigners in Preston. On Wednesday local councillor Michael Lavalette was elected as a parent governor at Fulwood high school.

Opposing academies in Bolton and Derby

21 October 2008
School teachers in Derby and Bolton have been on strike this week against plans to turn their schools into academies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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