Support Small Heath, Support Simon O’Hara

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NUT Deputy General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, shows support for Simon

Small Heath National Union of Teachers school teachers are taking 9 days of strike action from Tuesday 19th against their school being converted into an academy.

Their action will also boost the campaign to win the reinstatement of their victimised NUT rep Simon O’Hara. They will be joined on Wednesday and Thursday of this week by teachers in the NASUWT and the ATL.

Simon’s victimisation comes as part of an ongoing dispute at the school.

Small Heath was one of the so-called Trojan Horse schools and was placed with a number of others into Special Measures during the height of the controversy.

The school has a very good level of union organisation and density that has created the  confidence to resist the imposition of an Interim Executive Board and the wishes of the local Labour council to turn the school into an academy.

Parents have been centrally involved in the campaign from the start. Several public meetings have been called and a petition signed by 800 parents and community members called on the council to join opposition to the academy plan.

Supporters are planning a twitter storm for Monday night before the strike. 

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