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Leeds schools plan strike action to save jobs

By Pat Murphy, Secretary Leeds NUT

Some 10,000 school staff in Leeds are to be balloted for strike action in protest at compulsory redundancies in the city. The four main unions organising teachers and support staff, the NUT, NASUWT, GMB and UNISON are involved. If we win the ballot, there is likely to be a one-day strike which will shut down the vast majority of Leeds schools.

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NUT conference: No to 'remodelling'!

By Patrick Murphy, Divisional Secretary, Leeds NUT

The largest teachers' union, the NUT, meets in Harrogate at a time when it is under pressure within the TUC for its insistence on the principle that only qualified teachers should teach.

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Ban the brands from our schools!

By Peter Burton, Edinburgh No Sweat

In the last year Edinburgh City Council has let the sweatshop manufacturer Adidas use our schools to promote their brand name.

Some of us don't appreciate our children being influenced in this way and we don't like sweatshop employers, guilty of routinely paying poverty wages (sometime to children), passing themselves off as people whose first concern is a person's welfare.

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Diane Abbott: hypocrite loses local and union support

Diane Abbott's decision to send her son to a private school is disgraceful. She has been widely condemned throughout Hackney for turning her back on the Borough's schools, teachers and children.

Below is a resolution - which I proposed - passed by Bakerloo Line RMT, condemning her and asking the national union to remove her from its Parliamentary group.

"This branch condemns Diane Abbott MP for sending her son to a fee-paying private school. Such schools are a backbone of class inequality and privilege. We reiterate our support for free, well-funded, quality, comprehensive state education for all children.

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Leeds teachers strike to save jobs

By Patrick Murphy, Secretary Leeds NUT

On 17 July up to 1,800 Leeds teachers will take part in a one-day strike in protest at the compulsory redundancy of 12 colleagues.

The strike comes after a ballot in which 81% of members who took part voted in favour of the action. There are also 29 support workers at risk of redundancy, but they have not been called out on strike.

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Back teachers' fight against cuts

By Patrick Yarker

The conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) met over Easter as the funding shake-up engineered by Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for education and skills, erupted into a slanging-match between ministers, head teachers and local government officials. Education providers were asking central government: where are the missing millions supposedly due to schools?

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NUT conference 2003: Fight 'Time for Standards' deal

By Patrick Murphy, Leeds NUT

The National Union of Teacher (NUT) is alone among teacher unions in refusing to sign up to a national "agreement" between Government and unions which claims to offer workload reductions in return for acceptance of unqualified people teaching classes. The union's attitude is absolutely right: the workload reductions are a mirage.

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No to teaching on the cheap!

By Pat Murphy, Leeds NUT
On 15 January all the unions representing workers in schools, except the National Union of Teachers (NUT), signed up to an agreement which could radically change the structure of the school workforce. If implemented it will deal with the chronic teacher shortage caused by Government education policies - by employing people other than teachers to teach.

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Government plans to scrap national pay for teachers

From School Teachers Opposed to Performance Pay (STOPP)


Education Secretary Estelle Morris has signalled the Government's intention to try and shatter the national pay structure for teachers.

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