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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2020

Anti-academy strikes kick off in Redbridge

St Bede's

St Bede's   (Click to enlarge)

The snow didn't stop staff, parents, children and supporters turning out on the picket line. St Bede's in Redbridge took their first day of strike action against the school becoming a privatised academy.

After the picket line, parents and teachers went for a rally. Other east London schools striking against academisation too. National Education Union (NEU) organiser Glenn Kelly said: "Workers hearts were lifted to see homemade banners done by children."

And Jeremy Corbyn sent the strikers a message of support. Next they're planning a protest march in the area.

Ian Pattison, East London Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 4 March 2020:


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International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity

A legacy of women workers and the class struggle


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Defend the right to strike! Southampton solidarity meeting

Strike wave around London - this is why we need socialists in city hall

West London parking workers' strike

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Electricians pay victory

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Socialist Party Congress

Socialist Party Congress 2020: A world in turmoil and weak British capitalism faces working-class anger


International news

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