Teachers coordinate strikes in London over school cuts – and protests are planned

The Socialist Worker reports that workers at three schools in south east London began a coordinated two-day strike against cuts this week.

NUT union members at Forest Hill School, Corelli College and Plumstead Manor School walked out, and GMB union members at Plumstead Manor also struck.

Forest Hill School faces £1.3 million in cuts. Up to 17 jobs are at risk at Corelli College and 30 at Plumstead Manor—the vast majority of them support staff.

The walkouts followed a strike at all three schools on Thursday of last week, and a 100-strong protest last Saturday. The cuts are being overseen by Labour-run Lewisham and Greenwich councils.

Meanwhile NUT union members at St Edward’s sixth form in Havering, east London, were also set to strike on Thursday of this week. They are fighting job cuts and increased workload.

The strikes are well supported and parents have set up anti-cuts groups too. Some 50 people joined the Plumstead Manor picket line last week. 

Strikers explained how money was found to fund an annexe in an academy in the borough. As parent Richard put it, “The money’s there—it’s about political will.”

NUT president Louise Regan joined Saturday’s march. “This is just the start of the cuts,” she told Socialist Worker. “The general election is a good opportunity to ask candidates if they are going to oppose cuts.”

There will be Saturday protests against education cuts in five areas across England. Bristol, Sheffield and Leamington will all see protests on Saturday 20 May. A protest will take place in Lancaster on 13 May, and Newcastle on 27 May. 

London delegates to the NUT’s annual conference voted to hold a regional protest in the capital on 24 June.

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