Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/26860

Posted on 8 February 2018 at 16:24 GMT

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.


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.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Newham:

triangleNewham housing repairs workers announce strike dates

triangleOppose big business's sphere of influence!

triangleEast London bin workers call 12-day strike over wage grades

triangleNeglected Newham tenants demand action

triangleNewham gas workers' strike threat

Teachers:

triangleIlford: parents and teachers unite against school cuts

triangleAcademy strike - standing up to 'bullying' management forces climbdown

triangleSchools unions must turn anger into a fight against funding catastrophe

triangleValentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

Strike:

triangleEarth Strike

trianglePro-democracy protests continue to rage

triangleBradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation

Privatisation:

triangleLabour promises to end council privatisation: councils must do that now!

triangleCampaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

Schools:

triangleHuge workload, low pay and unpaid hours - a day in the life of a teaching assistant

National Education Union:

triangleCouncil seeks to take budget deficit out on school staff and pupils

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

21/8/19

Liverpool

Liverpool RMT seafarers protest against super-exploitation

20/8/19

Asda

Workers reject 'Martini' contract

16/8/19

Kashmir

Anger continues to mount over imposition of direct rule

14/8/19

Lincolnshire

Health workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

14/8/19

Leeds

Leeds estate residents push back private development

14/8/19

Socialist Party Scotland

Dundee: young workers meet

14/8/19

Worcester

Hereford and Worcester: stop the fire cuts!

14/8/19

Far right

Far right seen off at Oxford Circus

14/8/19

Occupation

Harland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard

14/8/19

Bradford

Bradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation

14/8/19

Airport

Summer of airline industry strikes against low pay and worsening conditions

14/8/19

Walthamstow

After the fire: fight for facilities for all

14/8/19

Retail

Fight back against the retail bosses!

12/8/19

Equity

Equity: reject UK Theatre's pay cut deal

6/8/19

Hull

Hull: Karro Food meat processors strike against poverty pay

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999