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Jon Johnson, Peggy Carter, Gemma Short and Charlotte Zalens

Members of the GMB, NASUWT and NUT, in the three schools in the Prendergast Federation in Lewisham, have escalated their strikes against the threat of the schools being turned into academies.

Stop Lewisham Academies; 5-day strike at National Gallery; Unison pay fight back on; care workers fight 9.5% pay cut; London Metropolitan University job cuts.

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Teachers: ending the 60-hour week

A recent National Union of Teachers survey found that the average teacher works a 60 hour week.

A recent National Union of Teachers survey found that the average teacher works a 60 hour week.

The average was already, in 2013, according to official government figures, 59.3 hours in primary and 55.7 in secondary, and it is increasing.

According to the government figures, teachers do 20% of their work outside of the school day, and according to a survey by the conservative union ATL, almost half work up to 10 hours over their weekend.

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Charlotte Zalens and Gemma Short

Pat Hutton, GMB rep at Queen Elizabeth Hospital where workers have been on strike to win the same terms and conditions as in-house workers, spoke to Solidarity.

"Since our last strikes at Christmas, GMB has been going round hospitals where they recruited scabs — in Liverpool, Coventry, Westminster, Chelsea, Kingston — organising to stop it.

A lot of the scabs were casuals and didn’t know what was going on. With the help of GMB in those places we put a stop to it.

Cleaners ballot on pay offer; National Gallery strikes continue; Essex FBU extend strike to nine days; defend all jobs on the Tube; no Academies in Lewisham; 80% of jobs to be outsourced in Barnet.

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NUT needs a new turn

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Patrick Murphy

At its February meeting the National Union of Teachers (NUT) National Executive definitively ruled out further national strikes between now and the election.

NEC members who support rank and file campaign LANAC proposed that the Union call a strike for March 24, but were defeated by 24 votes to 13 with 2 abstentions.

At its February meeting the National Union of Teachers National Executive definitively ruled out further national strikes between now and the election.

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Darren Bedford and Ollie Moore

Fire control operators in Essex have escalated strike plans to eight days this week in an increasingly bitter row over cuts and shift changes.

FBU control members walked out at 07:00 on Tuesday 10 March and vowed not return until 07:00 on Wednesday 18 March.

A new imposed shift system has seen some emergency control operators having to leave their jobs or drastically reduce their hours and pay, with many more considering their future with the service.

Essex fire controllers escalate action; Lewisham school students strike; Tube staff set to strike over jobs; pay offer in QEH dispute.

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UCU ballots members at Salford University over victimisations

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Peggy Carter

UCU members at the University of Salford are being balloted for strikes after two of their members were sacked.

The two members, who had raised grievances against the university, were placed on “gardening leave” the day before a new restructure was announced. Their contracts of employment were then terminated.

Neither of the members were given the opportunity to be part of a redundancy selection pool, were not consulted on how their redundancies could be avoided or allowed to appeal the decision.

UCU members at the University of Salford are being balloted for strikes after two of their members were sacked.

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Stop Academies in Lewisham

On Thursday 12 February, Governors of the three schools in the Prendergast/Leathersellers Federation, in Lewisham, voted to press on with plans to turn their schools into academies.

This despite the fact they have carried out no meaningful consultation with the parents, students or the staff at the schools.

Fortunately teachers in the schools did not wait until for this decision to start a fight against the proposals.

Governors of three schools in Lewisham have voted voted to press on with plans to turn their schools into academies.

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Hope, not strike?

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Liam Conway

On January 29, National Union of Teachers (NUT) National Executive voted 24 to 12 not to call two days of strike action in the run up to the General Election.

In October a survey of members returned 80% in favour of strikes. This despite the failure of the NUT to develop a serious strategy to wring concessions from the Government over pensions, and then pay, since 2011.

On January 29, the National Union of Teachers executive voted 24 to 12 not to call two days of strike action in the run up to the General Election.

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Schools for students, not for markets

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For the Tories, education is about training children and young people to follow instructions and to jump through stereotyped hoops, and grading them accordingly.

That approach works poorly even to develop job skills, and very poorly to help young people become confident, cooperative, practically-competent, informed, critically-minded, imaginative thinkers.

The teachers' unions and the whole labour movement should campaign for the reorganisation of education on democratic, accountable, emancipatory lines.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Ollie Moore and Peggy Carter

Teachers at Merrill Academy, Derbyshire, have been on strike for six days through January in a dispute over unattainable appraisal targets and denial of pay progression.

Both teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT, are taking part in the strike and have been staging daily picket lines. However picket lines were suspended on January 29 after drivers, believed to be a non-striking members of staff, drove aggressively at pickets over several days, leading to a striker and a student being hit by a car.

Teachers strike in Derbyshire; pregnant university cleaner sacked; Tube drivers ballot for strikes; M25 workers strike; National Gallery strike; London bus drivers strike for fair pay.

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