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Derby teachers fight academy

27 May 2008
Members of the NASUWT teachers’ union at Sinfin Community School in Derby were out on strike on Wednesday of last week in protest against plans to turn the school into an academy.

Schools protests and strikes

20 May 2008
Oldham protest against academies Over 100 parents, children, teachers and local residents held a lively and noisy protest at the planned site for one of three proposed city academies in Oldham in Lancashire on Wednesday of last week.

Striking against academies

13 May 2008
It is now official. Any proposal by an employer to transfer staff to a new employer can be the subject of a trade dispute and strike action.

Further education unions reject pay offer

06 May 2008
The six further education unions – UCU, GMB, Unison, Unite, ACM and ATL – have rejected a 2.5 percent pay offer.

Teachers at Withins School in big vote for action

06 May 2008
Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Withins School in Bolton were set to strike on Thursday of this week, after a 94 percent vote for action.

Bolton teachers due to strike against academy

29 April 2008
Teachers in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Withins School in Bolton are due to strike on Thursday of next week after 94 percent voted for action in a recent ballot.

24 April - it’s just the start of teachers' campaign

22 April 2008
Schools across the country are buzzing with discussions about the teachers’ strike due to take place on Thursday of this week.

UCU organises tour by Palestinian academics

15 April 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union has organised a tour of Palestinian academics, who will be visiting towns across Britain from this Sunday.

Lecturers vote to join public sector pay strikes

15 April 2008
The Strike vote by further education lecturers vote is brilliant. It reflects the fact that a lot of hard work from UCU union members has gone into the campaign. People are absolutely thrilled – we now have a two to one in favour of strike action and a seven to one vote in favour of some sort of action.

Keele lecturers protest against course closures and job cuts

08 April 2008
Around 300 people protested against course closures and staff redundancies at Keele university on Thursday of last week.

Glasgow Metropolitan College dispute in third week

01 April 2008
Lecturers at Glasgow Metropolitan College entered the third week of their pay dispute with a two-day strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, and are due to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Lobby against redundancies at Keele university

01 April 2008
Members of the UCU union and other protesters are set to lobby the council of Keele university on Thursday of this week over the threatened redundancy of 38 of the 67 staff in the School of Economic and Management Studies.

NUT conference: Respect Left List fringe meeting

25 March 2008
Around 70 people attended a fringe meeting of Respect’s Left List at NUT conference on Easter Monday. Victimised trade unionist Karen Reissmann, Dave Harvey from the NUT executive (in personal capacity) and Michael Lavalette, Respect councillor in Preston, addressed the meeting.

NUT conference: Anti-war fringe meeting

25 March 2008
Around 250 people crammed into a fantastic fringe meeting on "Britishness, racism and war". The meeting was chaired by Baljeet Ghale, former President of the NUT, and addressed by Lindsey German from the Stop the War Coalition, Rose Gentle from Military Families Against the War and Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

NUT conference: Anti-fascism

25 March 2008
Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism had a big profile at conference. The NUT last year voted to set up a political fund, which will allow it to openly campaign against the BNP. Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the NUT, told conference, "I’m delighted that the ballot on our political fund was so successful. I will be very proud when the NUT can put out leaflets saying ‘Don’t vote for fascists and racists – don’t vote BNP’".

NUT conference: Military recruitment

25 March 2008
Conference voted overwhelmingly to support a motion opposing military recruitment in schools and to support teachers, students and parents who choose not to take part in events organised by the military.

NUT conference: Academies

25 March 2008
A major theme of NUT conference was fighting for a different vision of education. Time after time delegates referred to the Unicef report that placed children in Britain 21 out of 21 in a league table of the well-being and happiness of children in the richest countries.

NUT conference: class sizes and workload

25 March 2008
Workload was raised regularly at conference. A recent School Teachers Review Body (STRB) report found that primary school teachers were now working on average 52 hours a week. Teachers were clear that workload cannot be separated from other issues such as class size and pay.

NUT conference: classroom behaviour

25 March 2008
An important debate on classroom behaviour took place at conference, at a time when panic about violence among children is leading to some schools introducing "airport style" metal detectors, on-site police officers and increased surveillance of students.

NUT conference: Teachers debate future of education

25 March 2008
Delegates agreed that this years’ conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) was one of the most enthusiastic and left wing ever.

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