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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 February 2020
Anti-academy strikes growing
The anti-academy strikes in east London are growing. St Bede's in Redbridge is joining St Michael's and St Bon's already on strike. National Education Union (NEU) organiser Glenn Kelly says:
"An excellent anti-academies meeting took place in Redbridge on 21 February. Parents and workers are fighting to stop local Catholic primary schools being swallowed up into a 'multi-academy trust' and are supporting NEU members on strike to oppose it. The local priest turned up to defend the proposals - he happens to be one of the people I'm negotiating with for the union. I put him right on a few things and let people know that the Catholic diocese's response to our 97% turnout in our members' strike ballot is to threaten to get a High Court injunction to rule it unlawful."
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