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UCU Left conference

26 June 2007
Over 120 lecturers came together for the UCU Left conference in London last weekend.

'All out war' at Harlow college

26 June 2007
A lecturer from Harlow College spoke to the UCU Left conference about the campaign at the college against the imposition of new working conditions and contracts.

Are white boys the new educational underclass?

26 June 2007
Growing up in poverty seriously damages your education. This is well known, of course, but new research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Trust provides important new findings and shows how New Labour policies are partly to blame.

School kitchen staff in Hackney to strike over pay

20 June 2007
Kitchen staff at Haggerston School in Hackney, north London, are set to strike on Wednesday of next week over pay.

Solid strike at Harlow college

12 June 2007
Lecturers at Harlow college took three days of strike action on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in their ongoing fight against the imposition of a new, unnegotiated college plan.

Sheffield campaign blocks school closures

12 June 2007
Campaigners in Sheffield are celebrating after forcing the council to reverse its plan to close two schools.

UCU conference: minister must try harder say lecturers

05 June 2007
The inaugural congress of the University and College Union (UCU) last week brought together two very distinct unions – the AUT and Natfhe, into a new lecturers’ union.

Motion in support of Palestine passed at UCU conference

05 June 2007
On the first day of the UCU congress, delegates voted by 158 to 99 in favour of a motion that instructed the union to facilitate discussion on Palestine and open the possibility of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Anti academies alliance challenges Gordon Brown's priorities

05 June 2007
Academy schools are fast becoming the education touchstone for Gordon Brown.

UCU joins pay revolt

05 June 2007
The congress of the UCU lecturers’ union heard a storming speech from PCS civil service workers’ union general secretary Mark Serwotka. He outlined a strategy for a united fight across the public sector to break Gordon Brown’s pay freeze.

Debates and rule changes at UCU conference

05 June 2007
It was a good conference for the new union and the left within it. The potential of a union representing 120,000 educationalists organised at the heart of what is fashionably known as "the knowledge economy" could clearly be seen.

Paul Mackney's address to UCU conference

01 June 2007
I’m sure UCU will be bold in recognition that you don’t necessarily get what you deserve, you get what you fight for.

Lecturers' union conference backs Palestinian rights

31 May 2007
The UCU lecturers’ conference passed a series of motions on Wednesday supporting Palestinian rights, calling for discussions about solidarity, and supporting debate around a possible boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Education round-up

29 May 2007
Special schools protest in Lewisham Some 300 protesters marched on Lewisham town hall in south London to lobby the full council meeting against the closure of special schools on Wednesday of last week.

Harlow lecturers defy their bullying bosses

22 May 2007
Around 70 campaigners lobbied Bill Rammell, the local Harlow MP and minister for lifelong learning, last Saturday over attacks on lecturers at Harlow College.

Six colleges ballot for action against Esol cuts

22 May 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union is balloting its members at six further education colleges in London that are facing cuts to English for students of other languages (Esol) and adult education.

Teachers ready for pay battle

22 May 2007
Teachers are also moving towards action over pay. Kevin Courtney is a member of the NUT teachers’ union national executive. He told Socialist Worker, "Teachers are in the second year of a two year pay deal. We received a 2.5 percent pay increase in September 2006 and are due to get 2.5 percent this September.

Outrage at Waltham Forest school dinner plans

22 May 2007
Campaigners in Waltham Forest in east London are fighting to defend school meals. The council has decided to get rid of Waltham Forest Catering as a way of cutting costs.

Roger King stands as NUT vice president for Socialist Teachers Alliance

22 May 2007
The Socialist Teachers Alliance (STA) is backing Roger King as candidate for the upcoming elections for vice president of the NUT teachers’ union. Roger is a leading activist in the NUT.

MPs to host Committee of Enquiry into Academies

15 May 2007
There has been a series of horror stories about academy schools recently, such as Thomas Deacon academy in Peterborough – built deliberately without a playground – or Marlowe Academy in Kent which took history, geography and languages off the curriculum.

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