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Harlow College lecturers will take strike action to defend jobs

11 May 2007
Teaching staff at Harlow College – members of the UCU union – have voted for strike action as part of a campaign to defend their contracts and jobs.

Extra £15 million for Esol gives time to build the fightback

08 May 2007
London mayor Ken Livingstone has found an additional £15 million for Esol (English for Speakers of Other Languages) provision in London.

Harlow college: 'Everyone must now reapply for their jobs'

01 May 2007
The 205 lecturers at Harlow College in Essex are holding a strike ballot after management announced redundancies and changes to terms and conditions.

Anti-academies action

01 May 2007
Wakefield public meeting Nearly 50 people attended the first public meeting against a number of schools in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, leaving local authority control and becoming trusts.

West Notts College lecturers stand up to privatisation

24 April 2007
Lecturers at West Notts College in Mansfield have rejected the proposed part ­privatisation of the college.

Teachers’ pay review triggered

24 April 2007
The body that reviews teachers’ pay has been forced to take steps towards reopening negotiations over the current pay settlement.

Protests grow in fight for Esol English language classes

24 April 2007
Over 100 people attended the Tower Hamlets College Save Esol (English for speakers of other languages) rally, organised by the UCU lecturers’ union on Wednesday of last week.

Campaign saves Hurlingham and Chelsea School in Hammersmith

24 April 2007
Campaigners in Hammersmith, west London, are claiming a victory after Hammersmith and Fulham council withdrew their proposal to close Hurlingham and Chelsea School with no conditions.

UCU activists meeting on organising in colleges

24 April 2007
Last Saturday 35 UCU union members from 18 different London colleges came to an activists’ meeting. It was one of the most exciting meetings that we have had for a long time.

First victory for Wembley Park anti-academies campaign

17 April 2007
An occupation of the proposed site of an academy on Wembley Park Sports Ground has claimed a victory – the withdrawal of "sponsor" Andrew Rosenfeld.

Defend Esol and the right to learn English

17 April 2007
If the government’s plans go ahead, free Esol (English for speakers of other languages) classes will be a relic of the past come September.

City College Manchester lecturers to strike

17 April 2007
Lecturers at City College Manchester have voted to strike. In an 85 percent yes vote for action, members of the UCU union have shown their anger at new contracts with fewer holidays and increased teaching hours for new lecturers.

NUT conference: united action is needed to face down pay cuts

10 April 2007
The NUT teachers’ union conference last weekend showed the anger at Gordon Brown’s public sector pay freeze, and the desire for unity to break it.

NUT leader calls for teachers to join May Day events

10 April 2007
Steve Sinnott, the general secretary of the NUT, is calling for joint action over pay following the pay motion vote at last weekend’s conference – including at the upcoming May Day events.

NUT votes backing for political fund

10 April 2007
The NUT conference passed a motion calling for a political fund. The idea of a political fund has caused arguments at previous conferences – but there was general agreement over the issue this year.

NUT teachers’ conference: ‘At some point you have to make a stand’

10 April 2007
NUT teachers’ conference: ‘At some point you have to make a stand’

NUT teachers' union conference opens: 'Iraq is Blair's legacy'

07 April 2007
Baljeet Ghale this year became the first black president of the NUT teachers' union. In her opening address to conference this weekend she attacked the Labour government's record on education.

NUT conference will question New Labour's vision of what schools are for

07 April 2007
This weekend’s NUT teachers’ union conference is the last to take place during Tony Blair’s premiership – and looks set to get ready to fight many of his "legacies", from war to academies.

Stop the school academies - round up of action

07 April 2007
Islington

Academies are part of a neoliberal agenda for our schools

31 March 2007
When Gordon Brown appeared at Mossbourne Community Academy in east London last week, it seemed that he was openly endorsing Tony Blair’s programme to undermine comprehensive education by setting up academies across the country.

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