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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 January 2009
Croydon: Striking against academies
ABOUT 100 education workers, other trade unionists and parents protested at the Croydon council meeting last week against the council's plans to bring in academies in place of community schools. This protest was organised by local campaigners organised in "Save our Schools" (SOS).
These plans will mean there will be no community school in the whole of the borough. In response to this Croydon National Union of Teachers (NUT) balloted for strike action in those schools directly affected by the academy plans and received a 90% vote in favour of a strike, which took place on Tuesday 27 January.
The campaign has put pressure on the council to organise a ballot on their proposals of all those affected by these plans including pupils, parents and education workers, but the council has refused to do this.
There is a lot of anger over the lack of consultation but also very little detail has come out from the council. This protest was also supported by several other unions including Lewisham NUT. The Socialist Party supports SOS in its campaign to defend state-provided education in Croydon.
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In The Socialist 28 January 2009:
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No pay discrimination against young people
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Students' angry sit-ins
Stop the racist BNP
Stop the deportation of Yahya Al-Faifi
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Socialist councillor opposes Tory plans for education privatisation
Labour's abandoning of the working class
Croydon: Striking against academies
Scotland: Step up opposition to cuts
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Fighting council cuts
Say 'no' to the Metro privateers
Amicus Unity Gazette left with egg on its face
Unison right wing exposed
Victory for left in Glasgow Unison
Solid support for Glasgow strike
Building a fighting Unison leadership
Build a mass movement for free education
Save our school!
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Germany 1919 The Spartacist uprising
International socialist news and analysis
Russia: Bosses sack auto-factory union leader
Courageous socialist activist, campaigning journalist and human rights activist
Socialist Party news
Obituary - Barry Malone
Socialist Party reviews
A People's History of Sports in the United States
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