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School strikes can defend national workload action

Published Tue 6 Nov 2012
Issue No. 2328

Teachers at Stratford Academy in east London began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

The NUT and NASUWT union members walked out to defend their national unions’ action short of a strike.

The head teacher had threatened to dock teachers’ pay for taking part in the action. The walkout followed a previous strike on the Thursday before half term.

Meanwhile teachers at Mount Carmel School in Islington, north London, look close to achieving an important victory.

They have fought to limit workload and excessive management demands for “accountability” as part of the action short of a strike.

Teachers held near-unanimous votes for strikes and non-cooperation at joint NUT and NASUWT union meetings.

Following this, the head teacher agreed to limit classroom observations to three per year. Appraisals will also be separate from capability procedures.

Teachers are still to agree this revised policy. But the success of their strike threat is encouraging teachers elsewhere to follow suit.

Their willingness to fight makes unions’ continued delay in calling national action all the more regrettable.

Send messages of support for Stratford strikers to NUT rep Steve Charles at stevec4151@aol.com


Academy walkout in Leytonstone

Teachers in the NUT union at Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, east London, were set to walk out on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Teachers have struck twice already against plans to turn the school into an academy. Send messages of support to pablophillips2007@yahoo.co.uk


Nottingham could face more action

Teachers could call more strikes in Nottingham. NUT members struck several times this year after Nottingham City Council threatened disruptive changes to school holidays.

The council has backed down but still wants to make changes. It will make a final decision on 20 November.

Send messages of support to secretary@nottingham-city.nut.org.uk


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Tue 6 Nov 2012, 17:54 GMT
Issue No. 2328
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