A review of Bob and Roberta Smith’s exhibition at the William Morris Gallery E17
Teachers at Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College have voted to step up their strike action in defence of two colleagues sacked for their union roles.
National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at the college say that Flor Thompson, union health and safety representative, and Diane George, joint college rep, were victimised by college management and that the charges against them are ridiculous.
Flor Thompson was originally suspended in 2013 and sacked after one year’s suspension. She was later reinstated after a governors’ inquiry, only to be re-suspended and sacked in 2015 on a different set of trumped up charges. Diane George was also sacked this year.
After five days of strike action Principal Paolo Ramella and the college governors have remained intransigent and refused all attempts at a negotiated settlement. NUT members have voted unanimously for another 5 days of strike action this term and 3 more at the start of next term.
College NUT rep Pippa Dowswell, a supporter of Left Unity, said: “We are facing a hardnosed management who want to establish an autocratic regime. They have to understand that we will not allow our representatives to be victimised in this way. Our union executive has given our strike action 100% support. If management can pick off union activists, all teachers at the college are threatened.”
Join the pickets outside George Monoux College, 190 Chingford Road E17 5AA from 7-9 am on 24 and 25 June, and 1, 2, 8 and 9 July.
Yesterday a group of campaigners and neighbours successfully prevented the eviction of a family from their home in Walthamstow. Eleanor Firman, of union Unite Community issued this statement:
Today myself and my local Unite Community group along with friends and neighbours plus Focus E15 and Radical Housing Network are all pulling together to help a mother and her two young children. She has complex health needs and is being evicted by her landlord in what looks like a revenge eviction. She had gone to a rent tribunal who lowered the rent to Local Housing Allowance rates. The landlord hardly waited a month before applying for repossession. This is totally unacceptable. I live a few streets away from the family and the property is identical to mine. It’s a friendly area but every year my neighbours and others like them are thrown out – its like clockwork, its so predictable. It’s usually so the landlord can put up the rent and avoid tackling repairs. I see it every week in this neighbourhood. Property prices have doubled since I moved here a few years ago. I always make friends with whoever moves in next door to me and warn them about the landlord (and the damp that is never sorted out). But it’s time to stop this exploitation. Everywhere people complain about the benefits bill yet its greedy landlords that are to blame. I love the community spirit around here and it hurts that these landlords spoil this and give Walthamstow a bad name. So today we’re resisting this eviction and sending the bailiffs away so this young mum and her family have time to get help from the council.
Here is an incomplete list of hustings where residents will have the opportunity to hear what candidates have to say and hopefully to ask them questions:
|17 April||Leyton & Wanstead||Tawhid Mosque, 80 High Road, Leyton||8.15pm|
|21 April||Walthamstow||Waltham Forest College||11.00am||Awaiting confirmation||21 April||Walthamstow||St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Walthamstow, E17 3BD||7.30pm||details|
|22 April||Walthamstow||Waltham Forest Trades Council: Waltham Forest Girls’ School||6.30pm||details|
|24 April||Walthamstow||Waltham Forest Islamic Association, 119-121 Grove Road E17 9BU||8.45pm|
|25 April||Leyton & Wanstead||Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road||11.00am|
|25 April||Chingford, Leyton & Wanstead, Walthamstow||Waltham Forest Women’s Network: Wood St library. Women only.||4.00pm||details|
|27 April||Leyton & Wanstead||Woodford Memorial Hall, High Road, South Woodford||7.30pm|
|29 April||Walthamstow||Sir George Monoux College,
190 Chingford Road, Walthamstow E17 5AA
|29 April||Leyton & Wanstead||St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HH||7.30pm||details|
This list will be updated as we find out more.