School Staff Strike Back

Teachers and staff are striking over five days at a Birmingham girls’ school. The walkout at Lordswood Girls School and Sixth Form Centre in Harborne started on 12 July over a row that centred on the “forced transfer of employment of our teacher and support staff members to the King Edward VI Academy Trust”, among other grievances.

The National Education Union (NEU) claims there has been a “lack of meaningful consultation” between school bosses and teachers over changes that will come into force on 1 September 2022. The strike action is also a result of what are seen as unacceptable management practices at the school that have resulted in a high turnover of staff.

On the first day of the strike, around fifty people, including members of Birmingham Socialist Party, turned up on the picket line to show their support. Strike action continues on the 19 and 20 July.

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