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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 January 2009

Save our school!

Parents and children in Greenwich and Lewisham have launched a campaign to save their school, Charlotte Turner primary, which Greenwich council is threatening to close. The parents contacted Greenwich Unison, where Socialist Party member Onay Kasab is the branch secretary, and have asked for support from the union.

Obviously this was agreed and, on the same day, parents and Onay waited for councillors at the town hall who were on their way in to discuss the closure. The parents made sure that the councillors got the message loud and clear that a campaign had begun to save the school.

The council say that the school is failing. Parents suspect that the closure decision by Greenwich has more to do with the fact that the majority of pupils come from Lewisham. The government's slogan for its policies relating to children is "every child matters". This is obviously only true in Greenwich if the children actually live in Greenwich!

A joint parent/union campaign has now been launched to save the school. Unlike the council, the campaign will not discriminate based on where children come from but will instead unite people from both boroughs.

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In The Socialist 28 January 2009:

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Era of illusions in capitalism ending

The crisis in manufacturing: Fighting for jobs and living standards

No pay discrimination against young people

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Slaughter in Gaza

Coventry protest over Gaza onslaught

Israel: Thousands march in Jaffa against Gaza massacre

Students' angry sit-ins


Anti-racism

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


Education

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Germany 1919 The Spartacist uprising


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Russia: Bosses sack auto-factory union leader

Courageous socialist activist, campaigning journalist and human rights activist


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Obituary - Barry Malone


Socialist Party reviews

A People's History of Sports in the United States

The Reader


 

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