|We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the growing number of disputes in education.
In schools, teaching and support staff are fighting cuts under the guise of restructuring and an increasing number of union reps being victimised. Clearly, management are striking back at NEU reps in particular after the Tory government was pushed back in the New Year over the premature re-opening of schools.
But victories are being won. Huddersfield NEU rep and union NEC member Louise Lewis has just been reinstated after two days of strike action and it appears a victory has been won at Beal High School in Redbridge after six days of strikes.
This is from NEU Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney: “Just hearing VERY GOOD NEWS from the Beal school dispute in Redbridge. Members voting in a meeting tonight have agreed to suspend the industrial action planned for next week because of very good progress in negotiations. We had been demanding that ill-health should be separated from the disciplinary process and the ending of a two tier ill health policy. Looks like we have won on both demands. Congratulations to our fantastic reps and members at Beal school and to the Redbridge NEU officers. And thank you to everybody that sent a message of support – this is your victory too!”
UCU have members taking strike action in prisons and at Liverpool University.
Please support the strikes and the victimised union reps.
Support these NEU strikes:-
Leaways School /Hackney
(TU Victimisation and Abuse of Disciplinary Procedures) Tuesday 11 May
Wednesday 12 May David.Davies@neu.org.uk
The John Roan School / Greenwich (Victimisation of Rep) Wednesday 12 May
Thursday 13 May Tim.email@example.com
Capital City College/Islington
(Terms & Conditions) Wednesday 12 May Tony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Education Centre/Poole
(Terms & Conditions) Wednesday 12 May
Thursday 13 May Lisa.Weir@neu.org.uk
(Restructure) Tuesday 11 May Sheena.Wheatley@neu.org.uk
Support Kirstie Paton Greenwich NEU
Sign petition: Overturn Final written warning for John Boken (NEU Representative at Shrewsbury Colleges Group)
Sign petition to support Redbridge NEU Rep Keiran Mahon
Watch Reel News video: Huddersfield teachers strike to defend Louise Lewis
Defend NEU Exec member Tracy McGuire. Stop the victimization of Tracy!
Support Leaways School strike in Hackney – reinstate sacked NEU rep – come to demonstration 12noon Saturday 22nd May, assemble outside Leaways School, Theydon Road E5 9NZ