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FE lecturers should build on joint action

09 September 2008
Further education lecturers in the UCU union have shown that striking works. We were initially offered a 2.5 percent pay deal. But after our members took strike action, management upped this to 3.2 percent from October this year.

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.

Teachers will ballot for national strike action

09 September 2008
The executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) agreed unanimously last week to ballot members for discontinuous strike action against a below inflation 2.45 percent pay deal.

Lecturers’ round-up

09 September 2008
Barnsley college Over 120 members of the UCU union at Barnsley college joined a lunchtime protest on Wednesday of last week to demand the immediate reinstatement of Bob Willerton, a UCU rep who was sacked the day before.

Colleges return to ballot

02 September 2008
Lecturers in the UCU union are returning to colleges and universities this week with a flurry of ballots for action over pay and conditions.

Academy programme: attacking the poor in name of justice

02 September 2008
At the end of the last school year, schools secretary Ed Balls threatened nearly one in five secondary schools in Britain – 638 in total – with closure.

Anti academies protesters occupy Ark

05 August 2008
Anti-academies protesters occupied the London headquarters of Actual Return for Kids (Ark) on Thursday of last week, to protest against a proposed academy in Wembley, west London.

Croydon teachers may ballot over academies

29 July 2008
The NUT union in Croydon, south London, may ballot for industrial action over plans to reorganise secondary education and introduce academies.

Litany of failures at private firm sparks Sats chaos

22 July 2008
Almost a third of 14 years olds taking their Sats tests in English at school will have their results delayed this year thanks to bungling by the private company ETS Europe, which was hired to process their exam papers.

Bolton anti-academy activists chalk up a success

22 July 2008
A desperate attempt to turn the Hayward school in Bolton into an academy by September came unstuck last week.

Schools round-up

16 July 2008
Rodillian High School Teachers in the NUT union at Rodillian High School in Leeds struck on Tuesday of this week against proposals to increase their teaching hours from 21 to 22 hours a week.

School strikes against academies in Bolton

16 July 2008
School support staff in the Unison union and teachers in the NUT union at Hayward and Withins schools in Bolton struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to transfer their employment to an academy and the failure to consult them.

Brent anti academies protest continues

16 July 2008
Brent council went to the courts on Tuesday of this week to win an eviction order against anti academies protestors occupying Wembley Park recreation ground. The protestors have mounted a long running campaign and occupation of the sight of a new City Academy.

Less than inflation offer for lecturers

08 July 2008
The Association of Colleges made a revised pay offer to lecturers in further education last week. The offer was 3.2 percent – up from the previous offer of 2.5 percent.

Strike against Bolton academy

08 July 2008
In an important fight over city academies, members of the Unison and NUT unions at the Hayward school in Bolton have voted to strike over plans to transfer the school out of local authority control and transform it into an academy.

Fighting against academies

01 July 2008
The Anti Academies Alliance (AAA) has produced a statement in response to schools secretary Ed Balls’ alarming announcement that 638 secondary schools across Britain should "improve or close".

Pimlico school to strike again

01 July 2008
Teachers in the NUT union at Pimlico School, Westminster, have announced three more days of strike action in their ongoing campaign over their lunch break. The strike dates are 3 July, 9 July and 15 July.

New sponsors for academies: schools go nuclear

24 June 2008
Jacobs Engineering Group (JEG) is a "strategic partner" at Atomic Weapons Establishment – which manufactures atomic warheads for the ministry of defence. Sellafield is a nuclear site in Cumbria.

Bolton’s growing revolt against academies

24 June 2008
Members of the NUT teachers’ union shut down the Withins School in Bolton on Wednesday of last week by striking over plans to transfer the school out of local authority control and turn it into an academy.

Teachers strike at Pimlico School

18 June 2008
Today 66 members of the NUT union at Pimlico School began a two-day strike. On an 80 percent turnout, 72 percent had voted to strike.

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