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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 June 2012
Striking against academies
On 31 May NUT members at Alperton Community school in Brent went on strike against proposals to turn their school into an academy. Hank Roberts spoke to the Socialist from the picket line:
"The school governors have voted to support an academy but staff have rejected this in a ballot with a two-thirds majority against. Schools minister Gove wants to privatise our schools so they can be run for profit, not to provide education for all.
"Brent is run by a majority Labour council and the chair of the governors is a Labour Party member. I would expect the Labour council and all its members to oppose these moves. But the three main parties all support the introduction of academies so we can't expect any support from them.
"The Labour council has recently closed six libraries and the other week turned up in the middle of the night to avoid protesters and strip Kensal Green library of its books. They even mobilised the police just in case.
"I voted for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the last elections. We need an alternative to the 'tweedle dee, tweedle dum and dummer' options we have now and it's important that it is based on trade unions. I support the idea of building a TUSC alternative."
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In The Socialist 13 June 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
No to austerity! - Turn anger into action
NSSN conference agrees call for one-day general strike against austerity
Leveson: contradictions and a crisis of credibility
No to local government pensions deal
The class divide in elderly care
Them & Us
Socialist Party youth and students
Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting
My workfare nightmare
From pillar to post: reassessment for ESA
Super-rich Beecroft targets workers' rights
International socialist news and analysis
Spain: bank bailout can't stop Euro death-spiral
Wisconsin Recall: Democrats paved the way for Walker's victory
Kazakhstan: Oil workers jailed by rotten regime
International day of support for political prisoners in Iran
Threat from far-right in Greece: Time to build defence committees
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tamil protest scores victory as Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement
Bolton Uni: Reinstate Shana Begum!
Greece comes to Southampton
Olympic's sponsor exploits workers
West Lancs Against Cuts
Socialist Party workplace news
Sheffield recycling centre strikers supported by 90% of public
Council admin workers in Kirklees strike against cuts
Olympics - a fair deal for transport workers
Coryton refinery closure protests
Striking against academies
Workplace news in brief
The Socialist 13 June 2012 |
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