Strikes over pay and academisation

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 2:03 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at Connaught school in Walthamstow, London, and Avenue school in Newham, London, were both on strike on Tuesday 13 March.

School workers at Avenue school have been fighting the proposed conversion of their school to an academy. Avenue strikers have been had support from parents and the local labour movement. This has included lobbies of the Labour council, including by Labour members, over the council′s support for academies.

Workers at Connaught school are striking after their demands for a pay increase were rejected. The school is in the outer London pay band and teachers demanded an additional £1,000 on top of their existing salary for the next two years, and to have their wages increased to meet the inner London pay rate by 2020.

The difference between outer London and inner London pay scales has not matched the reality of living costs in London for a long time, and a small number of schools in the outer London area voluntarily pay the inner London rate.

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