More inspiring activity from Avenue strike day starring Avenue kids, parents, teachers and Kevin Courtney.
Opposing Academies Leaflet. Parents demand a ballot.
Unite in the fight to remain a local authority school.
Here is double-sided leaflet given out by Avenue parents/carers on the days leading up to the strike.
An amazing example of what can be done, using their skills and determination to get the message out to include all parents.
The key information in 8 languages.
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A room has been reserved at East Ham Town Hall on 12/12/2017 for a potential meeting of The Royal Docks School staff who will be taking strike action on 13/12/2017, and members of Cumberland School whose ballot result should be known on 11/12/17.
More news as soon as we have it.
To the NUT Representative and Deputy Representative at the Royal Docks Co-operative Trust Community School on behalf of the NTA committee:
“On behalf of the NTA Committee, I wish you and the staff members every success with the objective of their strike action.”
Divisional Secretary NEU Newham
Members of the NEU are commencing strike action with the first day of action on Wednesday 13 December 2017 (and on such further dates as will be notified in due course).
The Union remains willing to reach a negotiated settlement to the current dispute.
Solid strike action at Avenue Primary School with over 50 NEU members taking action to protect their conditions that are under attack through the planned academy conversion. The strike was well supported by parents and the local community. Many parents are opposed to the academy conversion and are angry the school governors do not listen to their views and are refusing to hold a ballot of all parents.
A parent said “why are they afraid to find out what we want for our children’s education”.
Louise, School rep and NEU Newham Officer, said this is just the start and the fight continues”.
Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint General Secretary, attended the picket line and spoke to members and parents.
Further strike dates have been announced.
NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION
NUT Section – LONDON REGION
Tel: 0208 477 1234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Avenue School Strikes Against Academisation
Over 50 staff at Avenue Primary School, Meanley Road, E12 6AR in Manor Park, Newham will be on strike on Wednesday, 29th November. Teachers, learning support assistants and office staff will all walk out as part of the campaign to save their school from being taken over by the EKO Multi-Academy Trust.
Academisation undermines the pay, conditions and job security of all school staff. It also breaks the link between local authorities and schools and ends any accountability between the school and its parents.
Avenue parents are fully behind the staff and because they want to see Avenue remain as a community school, maintained by Newham Council.
Avenue is a good school, academising it is neither necessary nor needed. It will do nothing to improve education standards
Avenue’s National Education Union school representative, Louise Cuffaro, said:
“Avenue Primary School is a good school. There is every reason to stay as a Local Authority Community School and absolutely no reason to hand over our school building and land to a Multi Academy Trust who have no connection or interest in the local community and the children who attend or will attend our school in the future. Those same trustees would be in charge of staff pay and conditions and as we know from the experience of staff in other Academies our pay and conditions won’t be maintained. The number of LSAs will be cut, experienced teachers will be forced out and be replaced by cheaper staff all to the detriment of the education of the children. We don’t want to strike but feel forced to as our employer won’t listen to us and our views against academisation are being ignored.”
We have received a message from the Assistant Secretary, Greenwich NEU (NUT) re “Building support for our campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy”. (See below for a copy of that message.)
Your Secretary, Peter Smith, immediately sent a message of solidarity and support on behalf of Newham NEU members and has circulated the news and request for support to our local GMB branch, He will also raise the request for a donation at the next local meeting of our union.
The events in Greenwich highlight Pay & Conditions issues that will concern teachers in academies across the country. Your ability to pay your rent and feed your family will be undermined if no action is taken.
Please read more about the issue.
Charlton Academy strike leaflet
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Please help by raising donations.
Donations collection form
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Newham Teachers’ Association has made a £50.00 solidarity donation to the Greenwich GMB branch strike fund & wishes them success in their continued justified industrial action, with the support of Greenwich NUT, to stop threatened compulsory redundancies they jointly face at Plumstead Manor.
Read the story behind the strike over Plumstead Manor redundancies.
The situation is a result of School Cuts & could be repeated anywhere.
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
Message from Greenwich NUT:
“You may be aware that we are currently involved in an important dispute to fight cuts at Plumstead Manor with the loss of up to 27 posts. The NUT and GMB have already taken three days of strike action and have called another four days to ensure that we minimise the effects of cuts in the school.
You can send messages of support to the Rep Orkun Ari at email@example.com”
Social to raise money to fight school cuts
Tickets in advance
£5 waged / £1 Concession
On the door – £6.50 / £2
Friday 05/05/2017 19h00
Blackheath Newbridge Club
22 Charlton Road
Poster for social (organised by Greenwich NUT, GMB & Unite)