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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 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’ 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 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

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.

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.

Why did Sally Hunt win the UCU general secretary election?

17 March 2007
Sally Hunt has been elected general secretary of the UCU lecturers’ union.

Lecturers' victory at Dundee University

10 March 2007
Dundee University has withdrawn its threat of compulsory redundancies. This is a victory for the UCU lecturers' union after a vigorous campaign.

Defending comprehensive schools in Sheffield

10 March 2007
Sheffield City Council is at the forefront nationally of implementing the government's Building Schools For The Future programme. They have invited all comprehensive schools in the city to bid for trust Status.

Speaking out on Esol language cuts

10 March 2007
The sight of a queue of around 1,000 students and lecturers winding its way around the houses of parliament greeted MPs on Wednesday morning of last week.

Riverside College occupation against cuts

10 March 2007
Over fifty sixth form students at Riverside College in Runcorn, Cheshire, reacted against the removal of IT facilities from the college and the atmosphere of secrecy in which the ill-disguised asset strip was carried out.

Reigniting the anti-academy campaign in Brent

10 March 2007
When Brent's Liberal Democrats and Tories came to form a coalition administration after last year's local elections one of their first acts was to throw out Labour's plan for a new school as a City Academy in Wembley.

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