Action to oppose academisation

There are coordinated strikes across Newham today, 22 February, to oppose academisation, plus a lobby of the council on 26 February.

Opposition to outsourcing and privatisation is growing —workers have the power to win.

At Avenue school, strikers held a two-day strike recently, an escalation from previous one-day strikes.

Cumberland School NEU members also held a strike recently.

NEU members are balloting for strikes at Shaftesbury School and Keir Hardie schools in the borough.

Second strike day at Cumberland

On the second strike day at Cumberland there was a great turnout in the freezing cold. The school was only open to Year 11. In light of the continuing news of failing outsourcing, privatisation and academies the strikers felt stronger than ever that they were doing the right thing fighting to keep Cumberland with the local authority.

Strikers oppose academisation of Cumberland School.
Strikers oppose academisation of Cumberland School.

Campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy

We have received a message from the Assistant Secretary, Greenwich NEU (NUT) re “Building support for our campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy”. (See below for a copy of that message.)

Charlton Park Academy strike appeal. Photo of picket.Your Secretary, Peter Smith, immediately sent a message of solidarity and support on behalf of Newham NEU members and has circulated the news and request for support to our local GMB branch, He will also raise the request for a donation at the next local meeting of our union.

Charlton Park Academy strike appeal. Photo of picket.The events in Greenwich highlight Pay & Conditions issues that will concern teachers in academies across the country. Your ability to pay your rent and feed your family will be undermined if no action is taken.


Please read more about the issue.

Charlton Academy strike leaflet
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Please help by raising donations.

Donations collection form
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Continue reading Campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy

NUT Greenwich Fights Redundancies at Plumstead Manor.

Newham Teachers’ Association has made a £50.00 solidarity donation to the Greenwich GMB branch strike fund & wishes them success in their continued justified industrial action, with the support of Greenwich NUT, to stop threatened compulsory redundancies they jointly face at Plumstead Manor.

Greenwich, Plumstead Manor, PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3

Read the story behind the strike over Plumstead Manor redundancies.
The situation is a result of School Cuts & could be repeated anywhere.
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
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Message from Greenwich NUT:

“You may be aware that we are currently involved in an important dispute to fight cuts at Plumstead Manor with the loss of up to 27 posts. The NUT and GMB have already taken three days of strike action and have called another four days to ensure that we minimise the effects of cuts in the school.
You can send messages of support to the Rep Orkun Ari at”

Social to raise money to fight school cuts

Poster for Greenwich Social 05/05/2017
Poster for Greenwich Social 05/05/2017

 Tickets in advance

£5 waged / £1 Concession
On the door – £6.50 / £2

Friday 05/05/2017 19h00
Blackheath Newbridge Club
22 Charlton Road

Poster for social (organised by Greenwich NUT, GMB & Unite)
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After the 1st Strike Day….

The NUT says:

Tens of thousands of NUT members rallied and marched against funding cuts and for better terms and conditions.

NUT says "Invest, Don't Cut".
NUT says “Invest, Don’t Cut”.

With thousands of schools affected or closed, the strike drew national attention to school funding. After days spent trying to avoid the issue, Nicky Morgan was finally forced to try and defend the Government’s position.

We gained the support of parent groups, political parties and sister unions including the BMA. 6,000 teachers joined the NUT in the week leading up to the action!

Strike day and demonstration widely supported.

The NUT held a hugely successful strike day on 05/07/2016. The NTA contingent was one of the biggest. Many thanks to all NTA members who supported the strike and especially to those members who attended the demonstration. We need to ensure that our schools are defended, together with teachers’ national pay and conditions.

Thanks to Iain Hale and Miriam Scharf for the photographs.

NUT one-day strike – Tuesday 05/07/2016

A massive demonstration has been organised and will take place in London.

  • Assemble from 11h00, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA (outside BBC)
  • March 12h00
  • Rally from 13h30 in Parliament Square

Nearest tube station: Great Portland Street.

Please circulate details amongst your colleagues.


Kevin Courtney video about the strike:

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Flyer for Demonstration
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March & Rally pdf flyer. An A4 version and some A5 copies will be mailed to schools. The regional office is also e-mailing details to all members.

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Parents Leaflet
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To give out to parents explaining why we are going on strike – there are two versions in the pdf download file, one which has space to add details if they want to organise a meeting, the other has information on how parents can support us. Please feel free to use these locally.


Urgent Appeal For Stewards:

We wish to identify six colleagues from your association who can act as stewards for the day – this will help us make sure we have a well organised march and rally and are able to deal with any media scrum should any celebrities turn up. Please inform the NTA President.


Please email your MP.

Photo of Kevin Courtney
Kevin Courtney

Please email your MP.

Appeal by Kevin Courtney, Acting NUT General Secretary:

Help your MP get the message – enough is enough.

Earlier this week I wrote to all MPs. The NUT’s message explained the harm that funding cuts are having in schools, the threat to teachers’ pay and conditions and why the Union is standing up for education by balloting for industrial action.

This message will have much more of an impact if MPs now hear from lots of their constituents reinforcing the points the NUT has raised nationally.

We have provided a template email, which you can personalise. It will only take you a few minutes to email your MP.

If you haven’t already done so, please do use your vote in the NUT’s ballot and vote YES for education, your profession and your pay and conditions.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Please return your NUT Strike Ballot Paper

This short video explains why teachers are saying ‘enough is enough’ and that now is the time to take action.

Please return your NUT Strike Ballot Paper and vote YES.

If you have not already done so, following the NTA’s recent email request, you can help our association by informing us that you have returned your Strike Ballot Paper using our survey: NTA Survey