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The Socialist 14 February 2018

We can win the fight for the NHS

The Socialist issue 982

We can win the fight for the NHS

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

McDonnell says Labour would put services 'irreversibly' in workers' hands

Tamil youth march for justice

Rent doubles in a decade: cap rents, build council homes!

What we saw: Tory-Blairite EU love-in


Oxfam scandal: we need democratic aid and working class solidarity


How should TUSC approach the local elections and Brexit negotiations?


Czechoslovakia 1968: 'Prague Spring' challenges Stalinism


Cape Town drought

Brazil: Lula conviction confirmed

Big political strike against Finnish government's attack on unemployed

France: rallies in support of oppressed Kurdish people


UCU uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

Newham teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council


Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

Staines fire services saved

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig


I'm now a 'manager' and I can barely manage!

In Windsor none of us want to see homeless people on the street

 
 
 
 
 

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Newham: teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

Part of the picket line at the Cumberland School anti-academy strike, 8.2.18, photo by James Ivens

Part of the picket line at the Cumberland School anti-academy strike, 8.2.18, photo by James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

James Ivens, East London Socialist Party

Teachers hit back at management's privatisation drive with another solid strike at Cumberland School in east London on 8 February.

Around 40 strikers and supporting parents picketed the Newham secondary's front gate.

Teachers told us they felt positive about the campaign against becoming a quasi-privatised 'academy'. Parents led chants of "Whose school? Our school!" while passing traffic honked in support.

This latest stoppage took place ahead of a combined march against academisation by the borough's three striking schools.

The night before, parents and teachers in the neighbouring borough of Redbridge also lobbied Highland Primary governors to oppose academisation.

A workforce-led campaign of industrial action beat academisation in Lewisham, south London, with the Socialist Party playing a leading role. East London Socialist Party is hosting an open meeting to discuss how teachers, parents and students can do the same again.

Speakers include Louise Cuffaro, the new National Education Union branch secretary. Louise, a primary teacher and Socialist Party member, helped launch the borough's campaign with strike action at Avenue School.

Louise also addressed the Cumberland picket line, explaining academisation only serves "big business interests."

Councillors in Labour-run Newham continue to feel the pressure of community anger on this issue. It has forced all three right-wing Labour candidates in Avenue School's Manor Park ward to come out against academisation.

But where Labour councillors stay silent - in particular if they have connections to academy trusts - parents and community campaigners will feel justified in standing candidates against them.

The Socialist Party spoke to express solidarity with the struggle. Five pickets bought copies of the Socialist.

  • How do we defeat academies in Newham? Thursday 1 March at 7.30pm. Sylvia's Corner, 97 Aldworth Road, Stratford E15 4DN

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 8 February 2018 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

We can win the fight for the NHS

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

McDonnell says Labour would put services 'irreversibly' in workers' hands

Tamil youth march for justice

Rent doubles in a decade: cap rents, build council homes!

What we saw: Tory-Blairite EU love-in


Oxfam scandal

Oxfam scandal: we need democratic aid and working class solidarity


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

How should TUSC approach the local elections and Brexit negotiations?


Socialist history

Czechoslovakia 1968: 'Prague Spring' challenges Stalinism


International socialist news and analysis

Cape Town drought

Brazil: Lula conviction confirmed

Big political strike against Finnish government's attack on unemployed

France: rallies in support of oppressed Kurdish people


Workplace news and analysis

UCU uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

Newham teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council


Socialist Party campaigns

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

Staines fire services saved

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig


Opinion

I'm now a 'manager' and I can barely manage!

In Windsor none of us want to see homeless people on the street


 

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