Tuesday 15 February 2011

Lewisham NUT votes to defend Early Years

Despite quite a few (understandable!) 'Valentine's Day' apologies, over 30 Lewisham NUT members attended the February 14 General Meeting to discuss the next steps in the Union's campaign against spending cuts in Lewisham.

The clear feedback from school meetings had been that NUT members were supportive of balloting for action on both pensions and to oppose cuts. The meeting restated its determination to build a strong local campaign against Early Years cuts. We have already met with Lewisham's MPs, issued press releases and leaflets and made links with local parents. But we also know that strike action might be needed to defend jobs and services.

The meeting agreed unanimously to carry out a full 'indicative ballot' of members to judge support for strike action over two issues: (1) to oppose compulsory redundancies of Early Years Staff and (2) to oppose the threat to worsen Lewisham's redundancy pay agreement. We plan to issue these ballot papers after the half-term break.

As an immediate step, an NUT delegation will be marching in the 'Carnival Against Cuts' this Saturday Feb 19, assembling at Lewisham Town Hall at 12.30pm.


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