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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.

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.

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 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 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' 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.

George Galloway one of only three MPs at Commons Esol discussion

31 March 2007
While government ministers past and present lament immigrants’ "failure" to learn English and speak it at home, some half a million people have been told that their access to free English language courses is to be ended.

Privatising colleges

31 March 2007
As further and higher education have expanded over the last four decades, conditions for students and staff have worsened. Thirty years ago there were nine students for every lecturer. Now there are 21. In further education, workloads are at record level. Casual employment is rife.

Left candidates win lecturers’ UCU union elections

24 March 2007
The left has achieved remarkable success in the national executive elections for the lecturers’ union, UCU.

UCU Left: Building on success

24 March 2007
There is general agreement among lecturers that while many people were happy at the number of UCU Left supporters elected to the executive, the numbers voting were pitifully low.

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