education

An open letter to rank-and-file education workers from the Civil Service Rank & File Network

Open letter from the Civil Service Rank & File Network to workers in the education industry, following the National Union of Teachers' rejection of strike action on March 13th, calling on them to organise independently of their union bureaucrats.

Communism and free education

'Omnia sunt communia'

A short blog inspired by a long banner.

Against prison studies without capitalism: "The strange career of The New Jim Crow" - Joseph D. Osel

In this analysis Osel provides a devastating and radical analysis of The New Jim Crow discourse. He asks social justice advocates to take a stand against prison studies that do not include an analysis of capitalism and reflects on the significance of the "counterrevolutionary protest" in social justice work, describing how social justice advocates "sustain societal problems even while challenging them." His essay challenges anti-prison activists and others to observe and analyze "their own complicity with and legitimization of the structures that they seek to dismantle."

No jobs and no workers? Strange contradictions of capital accumulation in Australia

An attempt to grasp what recent reports of both rising unemployment and a skills shortage means tells us about capital accumulation in Australia

No NUT ballot after school drops academy plans

NUT will not be balloting members for industrial action at Warren Comprehensive after school drops academy conversion plans.

Towards a global autonomous university - Edu-factory Collective

Towards a global autonomous university - Edu-factory Collective

Cognitive labour, the production of knowledge, and exodus from the education factory.

Community turns out in force for the Halesowen 4

On Saturday 26th January over 200 people took to the streets of Halesowen to demand the reinstatement of four members of the Maths department who had been sacked. On a cold day, with snow on the ground, there was a fantastic array of banners and placards showing how far people had come to express solidarity with the Halesowen 4.

NUT Executive votes against strike action in March

NUT executive votes against strike action in March despite accelerated attacks on education

Turkish state in unprovoked brutality against students

1,000 students have clashed with the police at the METU University in Ankara, Turkey. The students were protesting the visit of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan – who has been pushing an agenda of privatisation across higher education in Turkey for the last couple of years.

Education workers’ strike in Slovakia after two weeks – global solidarity welcome!

This is a very rough and hardly exhaustive summary of recent two weeks of strike in education sector in Slovakia. The strike is still on despite being put on hold by its initiator, the mainstream union OZ PŠaV. The relations between key players are mentioned very briefly and thus can not be interpreted as exhaustive. We hope this helps to explain what is going on in Slovakia but for an accurate analysis more time will be needed. Protest actions in front of Slovak institutions abroad are more than welcome – preferably this week!