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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 November 2005

SACKED for speaking out

EILEEN HUNTER, National Union of Teachers' representative at the International School and Community College in Birmingham, has been sacked for speaking out in her school.

Socialist Party member Eileen has argued with her headmaster Sir Dexter Hutt over many issues. Last year he tried to sack 29 support staff but a union campaign stopped him. This year he threatened teachers' jobs but again the union started organising action on this.

Eileen criticised the head's 'zero-tolerance' attitude to discipline at a National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference. His policies have led to 440 pupils being given exclusions (and never coming back) and another 17 being expelled. Sir Dexter even described Eileen, accurately, as "the champion of staff and students".

She was marched out of the school after the teachers' vote and her disputing his decision to stop the school's A-level programme. Eileen says: "My sacking had nothing to do with my teaching, but everything to do with my trade union activities.

"I loved my job. I don't think we should have kids having to hang around the streets because they have been excluded. I also think A-levels can be an inspiration to young people."

The school obviously saw Eileen as a thorn in their side. They never even formally disciplined her but went straight for suspension and dismissal. A campaign is being organised to get Eileen her job back. Meanwhile please send support for Eileen via the socialist.

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In The Socialist 17 November 2005:

Time for a new workers' party

Socialism 2005: Building a socialist alternative

"Looking forward to changing the world"

Campaign for a new workers' party

Northumbria socialist students rock against racism

Selection and 'free market' threaten our schools

We want our buses back!

Reinstate Andy Beadle

Eighth strike for 8 an hour

SACKED for speaking out

PCS launches jobs campaign

Angry Commons cleaners fight back

A struggle for survival

Bush regime in crisis


 

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