Teachers at Cardinal Pole school in East London are set to strike this week over suspected victimisation of a union rep.
Last week Hackney NUT announced that staff at Cardinal Pole secondary school would strike on Thursday 21 July. The NUT rep at the school was suspended 'allegedly as a result of community work he does in his own time'.
Local NUT members suspect that the rep, Peter Domokos, is being pursued because of case work he is undertaking on behalf of workmates and his investigation into serious allegations against mamagement. The school previously had no NUT rep and previous reps had complained 'that they were bullied and harrassed by management', said Hackney NUT.
88% of NUT members at the school said they were 'prepared to take sustained and discontinuous strike action in protest against the victimisation and suspension of the NUT representative'. Recently over 50 staff, union and non-union signed a vote of no-confidence in the school's headteacher, and this vote was barred from discussion at a governors' meeting.
EDIT, PLEASE NOTE - strike was called off on the afternoon of 18 July. See comment #3 below.