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Pimlico school to strike again

01 July 2008
Teachers in the NUT union at Pimlico School, Westminster, have announced three more days of strike action in their ongoing campaign over their lunch break. The strike dates are 3 July, 9 July and 15 July.

Bolton’s growing revolt against academies

24 June 2008
Members of the NUT teachers’ union shut down the Withins School in Bolton on Wednesday of last week by striking over plans to transfer the school out of local authority control and turn it into an academy.

New sponsors for academies: schools go nuclear

24 June 2008
Jacobs Engineering Group (JEG) is a "strategic partner" at Atomic Weapons Establishment – which manufactures atomic warheads for the ministry of defence. Sellafield is a nuclear site in Cumbria.

Teachers strike at Pimlico School

18 June 2008
Today 66 members of the NUT union at Pimlico School began a two-day strike. On an 80 percent turnout, 72 percent had voted to strike.

EIS faces staff strike over pay

17 June 2008
Members of the Unite union at the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) have voted by 100 percent for strikes over their salary settlement, which should have been paid from 1 April.

Management climbdown after UCU threaten Keele with greylisting

17 June 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at Keele university have won a victory in their fight against threatened redundancies in the School of Economic and Management Studies (SEMS).

Resistance to academies in Bolton

10 June 2008
Resistance to the government’s academy programmes for schools is growing in Bolton as NUT teachers’ union members at Withins School announced their intention to strike again on Wednesday of next week.

London lecturers strike as unions lobby for fair pay

10 June 2008
Some 7,000 further education lecturers in the UCU union in London took strike action on Monday of this week as part of their battle against a below-inflation pay offer.

It is government policy that is failing schools

10 June 2008
Schools secretary Ed Balls has threatened that hundreds more schools could be turned into academies or private trust schools. He has identified 638 "failing schools" – one in five secondary schools in England – which could be targeted for academy status.

EIS conference

10 June 2008
Delegates to the EIS Scottish teachers’ union conference in Dundee last week voted unanimously to hold a ballot on industrial action to protest against cutbacks in education. Teachers have not struck in Scotland for 20 years.

College workers’ national day of protests at below inflation pay offer

05 June 2008
College workers held a national day of protests on Wednesday of this week to demand fair pay. Workers in six trade unions – the UCU, Unison, GMB, Unite, ATL and ACM – have rejected an initial below-inflation offer of 2.5 percent.

UCU conference: rising spirit against market in education

03 June 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union conference in Manchester last week was dominated by discussion of how Labour’s neoliberal policies are harming education. It was marked by a growing confidence that lecturers can fight back.

Plans to turn pupils into cheap labour

27 May 2008
New Labour has found a new way to bring privatisation into education with its plans to scrap pupil referral units and leave young people at the mercy of private companies.

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.

Labour's crackdown on "bad" teachers ignores real issues

27 May 2008
Teachers were under attack once again this week. Jim Knight, the schools minister, said that every school has at least one bad teacher who should be "helped" to "move on" to a different job.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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