Education strikes set to continue

ucustrikeUniversity of York and York St John UCU branches were on strike Thursday, with York St John’s efforts topping the previous one-day walkout. After picketing across all three campuses, University of York staff, students and supporters congregated outside Heslington Hall for a meeting (see photo). Today its been announced that school teachers in the NUT will walk out on 26th March, with NASUWT under pressure to join them. York People’s Assembly will offer practical and moral support, so watch out for an announcement in a few weeks time.

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Rally planned to support education strikes

Picket line at York St John

Picket line at York St John

University and College staff across our city are going on strike on Tuesday, and York People’s Assembly will against stand with them. We’re teaming up with Universityof York and York College UCU branches and others for a rally in St Helen’s Square from 12.30pm on Tuesday lunchtime. We hope as many people as possible will join us.

We recognise that highly skilled and motivated professionals are at the core of any quality education system. But so is fair access for students, regardless of economic background. All of this is under threat, and on Tuesday, we have the opportunity to bring together people from across our community: staff, students, parents, graduates, and those who benefit from education (that’s anyone who’s been to the doctor, for a start).

There’ll also be a chance to show solidarity earlier in the morning – by visiting picket lines at York St John (Lord Mayor’s Walk), University of York and York College (Tadcaster Road) campuses.