Tower Hamlets teachers strike update

By George Binette

The NEU strike by members in Tower Hamlets’ Support for Learning Service went ahead on Wednesday 9th December and drew strong support with a mid-morning protest in Mile End attracting several dozen people for the better part of an hour and a half.

As reported earlier on Labour Hub, the strike was in response to a proposed restructure, which  would from April next year axe nearly half of the posts in the borough’s Support for Learning Service.

The strike was called after a 96% ‘yes’ vote on a 92.6% turnout. In addition to the drastic job cuts, remaining staff face the prospect of substantially increased workloads and the imposition of worse terms and conditions.

The evening’s Zoom rally included speeches from NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted, Poplar & Limehouse MP Apsana Begum and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP. The union has issued formal notice of two further strikes on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th January, and Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th February.

Footage of the Mile End protest here

Footage of the Zoom rally here

Messages of support to Alex Kenny, Tower Hamlets & the City NEU district secretary (alex.kenny@neu.org.uk .

 Please sign the petition: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd11L2keytAMKvEEHuzIjz78spCG4zjT_iv8XNAF4MvG9qILA/viewform  

George Binette is Hackney North & Stoke Newington CLP Trade Union Liaison Officer, who writes in a personal capacity. His partner, Amanda Bentham is a qualified teacher of the Deaf and also a joint NEU representative in Tower Hamlets.

Image: Campaigners outside the gates of Downing Street earlier this year, submitting a giant invoice to the Government for SEND funding.

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