First strike at one of Michael Gove's flagship free schools suspended after it agrees to enter contract negotiations
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Thursday 30 January 2014
Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.
Members of the National Union of Teachers had been planning three weeks of strike action at the STEM 6 Academy in Islington, north London, after an attempt to introduce what they described as “zero-hours” contracts.
However, the strikes were called off after the academy agreed to sign a recognition agreement with the union and enter into negotiations over the contract.
The academy was launched last September to teach sixth-formers the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) considered vital to the future of the economy.
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