Socialist Worker


Strike set to shut Barnsley school

26 February 2008
National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Darton High School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, began striking for three days from Tuesday of this week, followed by another three day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

Lecturers ballot on negotiating structures

19 February 2008
UCU union members are currently being balloted over new national negotiating structures in the higher education sector. The ballot ends on Monday of next week.

Keele university lecturers vote for strike over cuts

19 February 2008
Lecturers at Keele University have voted for a one day strike on Thursday of this week over job cuts and restructuring.

Teachers round-up

19 February 2008
Teachers meet to plan action over low pay Around 250,000 teachers in the NUT union are preparing for a strike ballot beginning on 28 February over pay. Union members are mobilising to get the biggest possible vote out.

Union launches campaign in further education

19 February 2008
Further education lecturers in the UCU union have launched a new campaign – Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities, Our Unions.

Rally against cuts called at Keele university

12 February 2008
UCU union members at Keele university have called a national rally as part of their campaign against proposed cuts which would leave more than half of the academic staff in the school of economic and management studies facing redundancy.

Strike at Darton High school

12 February 2008
Teachers in the NUT union in Darton High school in Barnsley took part in a one-day strike on Thursday of last week after management decided not to honour an agreement signed with Acas two years ago.

Voting due to start in crucial NUT ballot

12 February 2008
Ballot papers will go out from 20 February to members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in eight of its 27 districts where places are being contested for the new national executive committee.

Camden teachers strike over plan to scrap payments

06 February 2008
Teachers took strike action at two schools in Camden, north London, today over plans to scrap recruitment and retention (R&R) payments to new teachers. The payments are designed to ease the financial burden teachers face when entering the profession on low starting salaries with student debts to pay off.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: ‘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.

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.

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).

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.