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Day 5 of industrial action at John Gulson Primary School

Day 5 of industrial action at John Gulson Primary School

Banners at the picket line today

Banners at the picket line today

Teachers at John Gulson Primary School today took their fifth day of industrial action against an unfair appraisal system and excessive observations. It followed the successful lobby of the council and Labour Cabinet Member for Education, David Kershaw.

There is a strong determination to continue the fight from the teachers involved, and the Socialist Party urges all readers of this website to continue to send in messages of support. Two more days of action are planned for next week.

Send to montyhaul@hotmail.com and coventry.nut@btconnect.com

 

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Strong picket at John Gulson as Labour Councillor attacks strike

Strong picket at John Gulson as Labour Councillor attacks strike

There was a lively picket line today at John Gulson Primary School in Coventry as members of the NUT and NASUWT took strike action against a new appraisals policy and excessive supervision.

Members of NUT and NASUWT on the picket line

Members of NUT and NASUWT on the picket line

There will be another day of strike action tomorrow and then more action next week unless the employer enters meaningful negotiations.

The action was attacked by Labour Councillor David Kershaw, Cabinet Member for Education. Quoted on the Coventry Telegraph website  he said  he was

‘“deeply troubled” by the strike. He added: “We realise that there is more to do which is the reason why we cannot begin to accept that young people are going to miss a day of their education because of a strike and why we fully support the school as it tries to mitigate the effect of this continued strike action.”’ 

Jane Nellist, joint divisional secretary of the NUT, also quoted on the Coventry Telegrah website replied

“We want a fair appraisal system, which will be in the best interests of the school, the teachers and most importantly the pupils.

“We warned the local authority last year that their version of an appraisal policy, which they have pushed schools into accepting, would cause problems.

“If councillor Kershaw is so concerned about the impact of our strike action on young people at John Gulson School he should intervene and ensure that proper negotiations to achieve a fair appraisal policy are held immediately.”

It is disgraceful that Labour are attacking the actions of trade unionists who are trying to defend educational standards for young people in our city.

Members of the Socialist Party visited the picket line to show support, including Dave Nellist. Please continue to send messages of support to the NUT, details below

To the school NUT rep Stuart Steer montyhaul@hotmail.com

Coventry NUT Coventry.nut@btconnect.com

Socialist trade unionists call for support for strike at John Gulson Primary School

Socialists in the council trade unions call for support for NUT / NASUWT strike at John Gulson

Picket line during the strike of 21st May

Picket line during the strike of 21st May

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will see teachers at John Gulson Primary School in Coventry take strike action against a new appraisal policy and increased observations.

Members of the NUT and NASUWT have already taken action on 21st May and will look to escalate further if the school refuses to negotiate.

Socialist Party members in the council trade unions urge readers to send messages of support to the emails below

To the school NUT rep Stuart Steer montyhaul@hotmail.com

Coventry NUT Coventry.nut@btconnect.com

New website launched

This is the new website for Socialist Party members and supporters who are active in the trade unions at Coventry City Council. It is currently undergoing development but we hope you will visit the site once it is fully up and running.