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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.

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.

Teachers and lecturers ballot for national strike

29 January 2008
Britain could see its first national teachers’ strike in over 20 years after the National Union of Teachers (NUT) called a ballot for a one-day national strike over pay.

Teachers to ballot for action on below-inflation pay offer

25 January 2008
The NUT teachers’ union will ballot its members for strike action over their below-inflation pay offer.

HE lecturers ballot on pay negotiations deal

22 January 2008
Lecturers in the UCU union in higher education (HE) are to be balloted from Friday of this week on whether to accept a deal on national pay negotiations. This would implement single-table bargaining, allowing all unions within HE to bargain collectively with the employers, which the left is in favour of.

Teachers: ‘We’re undervalued and underpaid’

22 January 2008
Teachers are livid that the government last week sought to push a below-inflation pay "rise" on them – not just for one year, but for three.

Lecturers to protest at changes to funding

22 January 2008
The London region of the UCU lecturers’ union has called a demonstration in protest at government changes to higher education funding, which were announced without consultation last September.

Teachers angry at proposed wage cut

15 January 2008
Gordon Brown will face a test of his plans to hold down public sector pay after the announcement of a three-year pay deal for teachers in England and Wales this week.

Teachers' round-up

15 January 2008
Michael Rosen says resist dictats Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen spoke to over 120 teachers and parents on Wednesday of last week, at a meeting organised by the Wakefield and District NUT teachers’ union.

Vote no in this vital lecturers' ballot

15 January 2008
Members of the higher education (HE) section of the UCU lecturers’ union will be taking part in a very important ballot from next Monday.

Consultation announced on ESOL funding

15 January 2008
The government has announced a consultation on the funding and provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Teachers' fight over low pay building up

08 January 2008
Teachers in England and Wales are still waiting for the government to announce their pay deal for 2008‑11. The School Teachers Review Body (STRB) on pay gave its recommendations on teachers’ pay to the government in October, but it has yet to respond.

Lecturers to ballot on national negotiating arrangements

08 January 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union in higher education are to be balloted from 21 January on new national negotiating arrangements.

Bosses push cuts at Keele University

17 December 2007
Bosses have launched a swingeing attack on jobs and courses at Keele university. They want to axe 38 out of 67 academic staff in the Economics and Management Studies School to create a smaller "corporate style" business school.

Organising lecturers for the pay battle

17 December 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union Further Education Committee (FEC) met on Friday of last week. The ongoing campaign against Gordon Brown’s pay freeze was a major issue.

Teachers' rally calls for united fight over pay

11 December 2007
Some 400 public sector workers attended a rally for decent pay on Thursday of last week.

Lecturers' union attacks temporary contracts

11 December 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union has attacked university employers for "blighting" higher education by putting the majority of new workers on temporary rather than permanent contracts.

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