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Unions oppose market agenda

04 March 2008
This week saw the launch of the "Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities" campaign in London, organised by the UCU and NUT unions to fight back against the free market agenda in education.

Michael Rosen explains how not to bore the pants off kids

04 March 2008
Over the last ten years or so, the government has brought a regime into schools that has battened down on teachers to teach reading and writing in a way that bores teachers and bores kids.

A vote to defend UCU union’s freedom

04 March 2008
Members of the UCU union in the higher education sector have rejected proposed changes to national negotiating structures. Over 60 percent voted no on a turnout of 27 percent.

UCU members reject restrictions on industrial action

28 February 2008
Members of the UCU union in higher education have voted to reject proposed changes to national negotiating structures. Some 61 percent voted no and 39 percent voted yes on a turnout of 27 percent.

Boss reveals Labour’s nasty agenda on academies

26 February 2008
The "progressive" face of New Labour’s academy programme slipped this week, after a leading academy sponsor spoke of his desire to deny parents the right to appeal over exclusions and described teaching unions as a "block to reform".

Teachers - a pay fight for the future of education

26 February 2008
Over 250,000 teachers in the NUT union will be balloted from Thursday of this week on whether to hold a one-day strike over their below-inflation pay offer. If teachers vote yes in the ballot it could lead to the first national teachers strike in over 20 years.

Strike set to shut Barnsley school

26 February 2008
National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Darton High School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, began striking for three days from Tuesday of this week, followed by another three day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

Teachers round-up

19 February 2008
Teachers meet to plan action over low pay Around 250,000 teachers in the NUT union are preparing for a strike ballot beginning on 28 February over pay. Union members are mobilising to get the biggest possible vote out.

Union launches campaign in further education

19 February 2008
Further education lecturers in the UCU union have launched a new campaign – Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities, Our Unions.

Keele university lecturers vote for strike over cuts

19 February 2008
Lecturers at Keele University have voted for a one day strike on Thursday of this week over job cuts and restructuring.

Lecturers ballot on negotiating structures

19 February 2008
UCU union members are currently being balloted over new national negotiating structures in the higher education sector. The ballot ends on Monday of next week.

Voting due to start in crucial NUT ballot

12 February 2008
Ballot papers will go out from 20 February to members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in eight of its 27 districts where places are being contested for the new national executive committee.

Strike at Darton High school

12 February 2008
Teachers in the NUT union in Darton High school in Barnsley took part in a one-day strike on Thursday of last week after management decided not to honour an agreement signed with Acas two years ago.

Rally against cuts called at Keele university

12 February 2008
UCU union members at Keele university have called a national rally as part of their campaign against proposed cuts which would leave more than half of the academic staff in the school of economic and management studies facing redundancy.

Camden teachers strike over plan to scrap payments

06 February 2008
Teachers took strike action at two schools in Camden, north London, today over plans to scrap recruitment and retention (R&R) payments to new teachers. The payments are designed to ease the financial burden teachers face when entering the profession on low starting salaries with student debts to pay off.

Pimlico school teachers’ strike against New Labour’s education policy

05 February 2008
Teachers in the NUT union at Pimlico School, central London, struck on Wednesday of last week. The strike was sparked after lunch breaks had been cut from 45 minutes to 30 minutes.

Shropshire campaigners stop schools closures

05 February 2008
Campaigners in Shropshire, West Midlands, won a major victory last week when they stopped the planned closure of 22 primary schools.

Teachers to ballot for strike over pay

05 February 2008
Teachers in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are preparing for a ballot for strike action over their below-inflation pay offer. The ballot is due to start on 28 February.

Higher education negotiating ballot

05 February 2008
Members of the University and College Union (UCU) in Higher Education (HE) are being balloted about a new negotiating agreement with the employers.

UCU national executive elections

05 February 2008
Ballot papers are out now for the UCU lecturers’ union national executive committee elections. About half the executive seats are up for re-election. Activists need to fight hard over the next three weeks to make sure that the turnout is as high as possible and the vote for UCU Left candidates is maximised.

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