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The Socialist 19 February 2020 |
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East London anti-academy strikes escalate
NEU strikers at St Bon's in Newham, 13.2.20, photo by Hannah Sell (Click to enlarge)
Education workers in Newham have escalated their strike action. Workers at St Michael's and St Bon's Catholic schools want to halt plans for academy privatisation. National Education Union members from both schools went to picket St Bon's on 13 February.
It's the first picket line since the latest round of anti-academy strikes started. The schools have been closed every day of the strike. Unless academisation is halted, both schools will be striking again. And they'll be joined by St Bede's in Romford.
All the schools are part of the same diocese, which is forcing them to join a multi-academy trust against their will.
Ian Pattison, East London Socialist Party
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