Friday 1 July 2011

Millwall Community Scheme Needs to Rethink

As well as reporting from the picket-line at Sydenham School about the strength of yesterday's strike in South London, today's South London Press has also picked up on the story in my blog post on Wednesday (below This reported on the use of coaches from the Millwall Community Scheme (MCS) to provide activities in a school that would otherwise have been closed to pupils by strike action by NUT members.

Pete Garston, from Milwall FC has been in contact to ask me to point out that the Millwall Football Club board have no say in the way the Community scheme is run and I am happy to do so. However, as I replied to Pete, public perception will obviously link Millwall FC to MCS and the issue could inevitably damage the good standing of the club in the London Borough of Lewisham.

I also fully understand that MCS had not recognised the sensitivity of working in a school that was closed by strike action but hope that, in future, it will decline such a request from a school where staff are on strike.

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