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Elect Pat Murphy as NUT deputy general secretary

Patrick Murphy, a founder of the schools activist network Lanac, a socialist, and a member of Workers' Liberty, is running for deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers. The ballot will be between 5 and 28 January.

Patrick Murphy, a founder of the schools activist network Lanac, a socialist, and a member of Workers' Liberty, is running for deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers. The ballot will be between 5 and 28 January.


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Teachers: cut the hours!

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A London teacher

Nicky Morgan replaced Michael Gove as education minister in July. Tory prime minister David Cameron wanted her to continue Gove's drive for academies and free schools, but smooth the sharp edges and win back some of the Tories' lost support among teachers and others concerned with schooling.

She asked teachers for ideas on easing workload, in a survey which closed on 21 November, and says she will announce plans in the New Year.

Some schools put heavy pressure on teachers to be on site between 7.30 am and 6 pm; and, unlike in other countries, there is no set limit on classroom hours.

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Save our schools!

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Duncan Morrison and Harry Davies

A packed Stop Academies in Lewisham (SAIL) meeting on Monday 8 December heard that Lewisham NUT has begun indicative strike ballots in 5 secondary schools which are considering going for academy status.

The meeting also heard from school students who are planning walk outs and have already organised petitioning of their fellow students in the schools affected.

Parents were also present and explained how they were attempting to put pressure on the governors of the schools, local councillors, the local authority’s education department and the directly elected mayor.

The real reason for the academisation of schools is financial and ideological.

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Left challenge in NUT

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Pat Murphy

I am standing for Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) against incumbent Kevin Courtney and right-winger Ian Grayson. I stand for a radically different way of running the union, for a union that is organised from the bottom up not just one that has “left wing” leaders at the top.

Power in the workplace

A statement by Pat Murphy who is standing for Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers about the key issues facing members.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short and Charlotte Zalens

Following a re-ballot which returned 83% in favour of strikes on a 58% turn out, Lambeth College UCU will be on their first day of new strikes on Thursday 4 December.

The dispute is over changes to contracts which see two weeks cut off annual holidays, a massive reduction in sick pay entitlement, and extra hours of teaching with no extra pay. UCU members at Lambeth college were re-balloted following a court injunction against their previous indefinite strike plan.

Lambeth College walkout; stop Academies in Lewisham; Tube strikes for sacked workmate; QEH strikers in talks.

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Industrial news in brief

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Sacha Ismail and Gemma Short

Over two hundred outsourced workers who are members of the GMB at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, South London struck for 48 hours on 24-26 November.

On the 24th the workers, who are employed by Dutch multinational ISS as cleaners, security, ward hostesses, caterers, on the switchboard and as porters, struck alongside directly employed NHS staff striking for their national pay dispute.

Woolwich Hospital cleaners walk out; Care UK strikers agree to pay deal; strikes to defend victimised NUT rep suspended.

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Sell-out in UCU dispute

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Lucy Clement

After only two weeks of action, the marking boycott in pre-92 universities has been put on hold until mid-January.

The decision to abandon the action for talks just as it was beginning to bite has prompted furious criticism by branches, unhappy at the enormous compromises the leadership seems prepared to accept to cut a deal. There is already evidence that universities are taking advantage of the suspension to bring forward exam-setting deadlines. This will make it much harder to make action effective in January.

After only two weeks of action, the marking boycott in pre-92 universities has been put on hold until mid-January.

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Industrial news in brief

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Charlotte Zalens, Ollie Moore, Gareth Devonport and Gemma Short

Cleaners working for contractor Interserve at Waterloo station struck on 17-18 November after a manager claimed “we shouldn’t be employing black people.”

The strikes follow earlier action on 10-11 November, and a further 24 hour strike has been called starting at 3pm on 21 November.

The RMT union says bosses have refused to address the allegation through agreed procedures. The union also says Interserve has underpaid wages, as well as victimising, bullying and harassing staff.

Waterloo cleaners walk out over racism; victimisation on Tube; Northern Rail pay dispute; Haringey teachers strike as NUT rep remains suspended.

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Student solidarity with Qatari workers

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Omar Raii

Working conditions in Qatar, in particular for migrant workers, are at an appalling level.

Conditions have been recently compared by the International Trade Union Confederation to “modern day slavery”.

University College London is one of the many educational institutions to have a campus in Doha’s “Education City”. The University and Colleges Union has been heavily critical of UCL’s refusal to do anything to ensure that the rights of the workers there, many of whom are migrants from South Asian countries such as Nepal, are protected.

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Gemma Short and Charlotte Zalens

Cleaners working for Interserve at Waterloo station struck on 10-11 November after a manager claimed “we shouldn’t be employing black people.”

The strikes will take place between 3pm on Monday and 3pm on Tuesday, and for a further 24 hours starting at 3pm on 21 November.

The RMT union says bosses have refused to address the allegation through agreed procedures. The union also says Interserve has underpaid wages, as well as victimising, bullying and harassing staff.

Waterloo cleaners strike against racism; German train drivers walk out over wages; housing charity workers win on pay; Care UK offer deal; defend Julie Davis.

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