Poor turnout for Worthing High academy strike

A campaign against a school conversion to an academy could be grinding to a halt after union officials accused teachers of not supporting them.

There has been strong opposition to Worthing High School’s academy proposal since it was announced earlier this year.

The spring and summer saw a wave of protests including a mass teacher walkout in July which forced the school to close its doors for the day.

A second strike was planned for last Tuesday by two of the school’s three teachers’ unions.

A limited number of teachers were involved in the action which meant the school remained open.

The email, which The Argus has seen, was sent by Eric Skyte of the NASUWT union to members in response to the strike.

In it, he said: “Your acting Head said that only one in three of her staff were out. If this figure is correct this is very disappointing.

“Many people are working very hard on your behalf to try and prevent Worthing High School from becoming an academy: whether for philosophical reasons or due to the make-up of the governing body.

“To be blunt, what do you want the school to do? With this poor turnout should I be asking Chris Keates to cancel or continue with the next strike on 13th November?”

The school said that a “very high percentage” of staff decided to go to work on the day of the most recent strike which enabled them to stay open and provide an “alternative curriculum”. It estimated that just 16 of the school’s 120 staff picketed.

The email suggested union officials would look at another strategy but that they felt they had received “little support” from school staff.

Dave Thomas, from the National Union of Teachers, denied that the campaign was flagging.

He said: “Nothing has changed from the point of view of the teachers. They still feel as strongly as ever. They still believe that the consultation process was inadequate and think that it isn’t in the interests of the teachers, students or parents to convert to an academy.”

The school is set to officially convert in December.

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1:50pm Wed 31 Oct 12

FC says...

Awh, diddums. Are people finally getting fed up Unions and their ridiculous demands?

They had a time and a place. It's time to disband them.
Awh, diddums. Are people finally getting fed up Unions and their ridiculous demands? They had a time and a place. It's time to disband them. FC

1:56pm Wed 31 Oct 12

John Fallon says...

If any of the teachers really can't stand being at an academy, they know the solution - resign. There are plenty of other people who can take their place.
If any of the teachers really can't stand being at an academy, they know the solution - resign. There are plenty of other people who can take their place. John Fallon

1:56pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Kiddon72 says...

Perhaps the staff prioritised the education of their pupils over the ego of Eric Skyte ?
Perhaps the staff prioritised the education of their pupils over the ego of Eric Skyte ? Kiddon72

1:57pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Fight_Back says...

So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame !
So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame ! Fight_Back

2:39pm Wed 31 Oct 12

sbiscorrupt says...

I wonder how many of the blinkered people here will be bleating when our education system becomes privatised, and charges are placed on basic items..

But I'm pretty sure they'll also be the ones scratching their collective brain cell and mumbling 'how the h*ll did that happen'!...

Divide and rule always works on the numpties!
I wonder how many of the blinkered people here will be bleating when our education system becomes privatised, and charges are placed on basic items.. But I'm pretty sure they'll also be the ones scratching their collective brain cell and mumbling 'how the h*ll did that happen'!... Divide and rule always works on the numpties! sbiscorrupt

2:41pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Cash Bull says...

Fight_Back wrote:
So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame !
Unlike last July when they did not consider them......

"The spring and summer saw a wave of protests including a mass teacher walkout in July which forced the school to close its doors for the day. "

I hope that those teachers that went to school are not branded SCABS by those that did not. It would be most unfair.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame ![/p][/quote]Unlike last July when they did not consider them...... "The spring and summer saw a wave of protests including a mass teacher walkout in July which forced the school to close its doors for the day. " I hope that those teachers that went to school are not branded SCABS by those that did not. It would be most unfair. Cash Bull

3:16pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Number Six says...

Most unfair and positively archaic. We are nearly in 2013 and some of these people think they are in 1973. Sometimes it's like living in an episode of "Life on Mars"
Most unfair and positively archaic. We are nearly in 2013 and some of these people think they are in 1973. Sometimes it's like living in an episode of "Life on Mars" Number Six

3:40pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Not sure when I last saw a school move, or in fact, teachers similarly!!
Strange description "grinding halt"!!!
Not sure when I last saw a school move, or in fact, teachers similarly!! Strange description "grinding halt"!!! Tailgaters Anonymous

5:36am Thu 1 Nov 12

John Steed says...

shame about the frivolous comments, its actually quite a serious matter.
shame about the frivolous comments, its actually quite a serious matter. John Steed

7:59am Thu 1 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

John Steed wrote:
shame about the frivolous comments, its actually quite a serious matter.
Not for the 2/3 of teachers who went to work.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: shame about the frivolous comments, its actually quite a serious matter.[/p][/quote]Not for the 2/3 of teachers who went to work. Cash Bull

8:11pm Thu 1 Nov 12

ourcoalition says...

Fight_Back wrote:
So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame !
Hi Dave - you're back!
I'm a plum, a meglomaniac, and I'm sulking - excellent! Three more words to add to my very lengthy list of things I have been called!
Wish the "well paid" was true though.

Oh, and one other thing, the dispute in this school has nothing to do with me, as I don't cover West Sussex.

And my 4,300 members in Brighton seem to think I do a good job, as they elect me every 12 months, for the last 24 years!!!!

And the very best of luck to my comrades in Worthing, by the way. At least they are fighting back against an unaccountable Academy experiment, that will be run by Whitehall, not local people and democracy.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame ![/p][/quote]Hi Dave - you're back! I'm a plum, a meglomaniac, and I'm sulking - excellent! Three more words to add to my very lengthy list of things I have been called! Wish the "well paid" was true though. Oh, and one other thing, the dispute in this school has nothing to do with me, as I don't cover West Sussex. And my 4,300 members in Brighton seem to think I do a good job, as they elect me every 12 months, for the last 24 years!!!! And the very best of luck to my comrades in Worthing, by the way. At least they are fighting back against an unaccountable Academy experiment, that will be run by Whitehall, not local people and democracy. ourcoalition

9:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Fight_Back says...

ourcoalition wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame !
Hi Dave - you're back!
I'm a plum, a meglomaniac, and I'm sulking - excellent! Three more words to add to my very lengthy list of things I have been called!
Wish the "well paid" was true though.

Oh, and one other thing, the dispute in this school has nothing to do with me, as I don't cover West Sussex.

And my 4,300 members in Brighton seem to think I do a good job, as they elect me every 12 months, for the last 24 years!!!!

And the very best of luck to my comrades in Worthing, by the way. At least they are fighting back against an unaccountable Academy experiment, that will be run by Whitehall, not local people and democracy.
Well you're clearly not very bright if you think my name's Dave !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame ![/p][/quote]Hi Dave - you're back! I'm a plum, a meglomaniac, and I'm sulking - excellent! Three more words to add to my very lengthy list of things I have been called! Wish the "well paid" was true though. Oh, and one other thing, the dispute in this school has nothing to do with me, as I don't cover West Sussex. And my 4,300 members in Brighton seem to think I do a good job, as they elect me every 12 months, for the last 24 years!!!! And the very best of luck to my comrades in Worthing, by the way. At least they are fighting back against an unaccountable Academy experiment, that will be run by Whitehall, not local people and democracy.[/p][/quote]Well you're clearly not very bright if you think my name's Dave !!!!! Fight_Back

12:44am Fri 2 Nov 12

funkyyoyo says...

Cash Bull wrote:
Fight_Back wrote: So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame !
Unlike last July when they did not consider them...... "The spring and summer saw a wave of protests including a mass teacher walkout in July which forced the school to close its doors for the day. " I hope that those teachers that went to school are not branded SCABS by those that did not. It would be most unfair.
perhaps next time they want to strike,take a look at how the french strike!!! hint hint!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cash Bull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: So the teachers decided childrens education was more important - same the Unions don't think that way. Instead they have plums like Bob Crowe, Mark Serwotka and Alex Knutson in charge who are nothing more than very well paid megalomaniacs. Now they're sulking - shame ![/p][/quote]Unlike last July when they did not consider them...... "The spring and summer saw a wave of protests including a mass teacher walkout in July which forced the school to close its doors for the day. " I hope that those teachers that went to school are not branded SCABS by those that did not. It would be most unfair.[/p][/quote]perhaps next time they want to strike,take a look at how the french strike!!! hint hint!!! funkyyoyo

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