Why we are organising a meeting to safeguard the NHS now on the Isle of Wight.

Ken Knapman

It would appear that the NHS is on its way to becoming a most significant issue in this election. This is why we are organising the meeting in Ryde tomorrow night at the Aspire at 6.30pm. Anyone who feels strongly or wants to be part of this movement should try and attend.

Our aim is for an Island wide Organisation to Defend and Secure the Future of the NHS.

There is ignorance still of the real situation affecting the island NHS and St Mary’s. The faith in the Government and the notion that ‘all is fine’ is not of our own causing. It is the problem caused by the powers that be.

There is an obvious crisis that manifests itself from time to time with emergencies etc. Yet we need to know the facts about our services, how privatisation, how outsourcing of services is carried out, how and where because the opposition will use crisis to blame our NHS, our hospital and its staff and advocate more wrecking measures in our NHS all on the basis of so called, “efficiency”.

The whole reason why they have put in place STP’s, Sustainability, Transfer Plans or more commonly viewed as, “Slash trash and privatise” plans in the movement. The whole strategy of the Government to replace our NHS is in these plans and that is why they call them ‘transitional’. The Government of Teresa May does not believe that the NHS itself is sustainable. We will be presenting and discussing these things at the meeting.

The start of the understanding process about how the Government were approaching the NHS was when we heard in 2014 that 422 agencies operate here on the island on health and out side of the NHS. We heard this information over 3 years ago. This was before, “My Life a full life” was even conceived of. We learned how GP’s were confused as to connecting up the services in a scattered “network” and how they would be accessed.

Since we have learned how My Life a Full Life operates, or doesn’t if you wish, we have seen that the tried and tested NHS is to be replaced by something sustainable with over £350,000 of the last Hammond budget being spent on talk shops and bureaucratic posts. Yet not one new care home, not one new respite centre for the benefit of unpaid carers to get relief, not one nursing home in the NHS created in other words, the tried and tested method to prevent bed-blocking has not been considered.

We learned a while back, how the blood bank was removed and a specialist doctor took an entire department off the island concerned with spinal operations, yet we have heard of little more.

We know that most early cancer diagnosis is dependent on MRI scans and other diseases, yet no MRI scanning is carried out in any significant way here on the island any more. Surely this procedure and routine must be re-established.

What we are seeing, albeit not too clearly yet, is the rundown and partial rationing of service to the island.

It is clear that there is only a slow drip feed of information passing down to us. Even since the resignation of CEO, Karen Baker there is little cognisance and there is little understanding of what is available to us.

We need the information and whistle blowing but fear to speak out because of jobs amongst staff and union representatives, retards our collective knowledge. We must demand the information, facts, figures and details of the plans they are making. We need a proper audit of what services we provide and what is due to be outsourced.

Previously the Forum then the Link and now Healthwatch, are not in a position to provide us with that information and management are not releasing any. We cannot simply gather hearsay, which would take an age to accumulate. The NHS  management has the knowledge and information but they refuse to release it.Therefore the right to know itself is a demand.

Also there is the issue of Primary Care and GP’s. What are the plans for GP’s per head of population? What practices are due to fold? How do we compare per 1000 population percentages with the rest of the World. I can tell you, Ventnor is around 1.2 per cent , which compares with Albania. The estimated decent level is 2.5% at least. You can see this with World Health Organisation figures and a simple calculation of surgeries in a place like Ventnor with a population of 6,000 and two surgeries, one that was until recently up for closure.

Regarding the labour shortages, we do not really know the workings of the NHS, what or when agency staff are used or how many? We do know that there were nurses in highly specialised positions who were removed from their jobs leaving some nurses having to re-apply for posts and only one or two holding onto a position.

Without this knowledge only crisis, like last Christmas, is suddenly thrown at us and more calls to move it all to the mainland because it is so called “inefficient” and not able to cope because of too many patients and an aging population used as excuses. At the same time people are manipulated to believe in Government rationale and even think that because of disinformation that everything is safe in their hands or there isn’t really a problem on the island, which we know is untrue because there are so many anecdotes and stories of individuals having problems with themselves or relatives or staff being frustrated or run off their feet. We hear of transportation problems caused by travel to and from Southampton in the back of a van by a private firm or appointments not met because there is no-one to sit in the back with the patient in transit.

This is what we have with this meeting, an opportunity to start an island wide pro-NHS organisation, that can unite all and soberly take up the struggle and the fight to safeguard the future of the NHS, as a right of all!

Public meeting 6.30-8.30

Aspire Ryde
Dover Street
Ryde
PO332BN

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U.S. Steel Faces Historic Necessity for Change

– K.C. Adams –

Ruling oligarchy blocks resolution of economic problems and
continues on failed path

U.S. Steel considers the amount it does not spend on renewing its productive force as savings. The quantified savings year upon year since 2014 is $2.5 billion. It reports that the company “has realized from CEO Mario Longhi’s Carnegie Way efficiency and cost-cutting initiative $575 million in 2014; $815 million in 2015; $745 million in 2016; and $310 million so far this year.”

 

 

 

 

 

The result, in the words of USS, is “enormously more efficient operations.” This factor coupled with rising steel market prices should result in “enormously” improved financial results. Why then, did U.S. Steel report a $180 million first-quarter loss and slash its 2017 profit outlook in half? Simply put, the Carnegie Way and other forms of refusal to renew productive capacity such as closing perfectly good mills are examples of the ruling oligarchy’s unwillingness to face the historic necessity for a new direction in the economy.

The present relations of production whereby the actual producers are not in control of the socialized forces of production doom the economy to failure. Private control of socialized production cannot take advantage of or control the production and distribution of the enormous social product. The aim of private ownership to compete globally for profit and empire-building with other privately owned parts of the economy is in contradiction with the objective conditions of modern socialized production.

Socialized production demands broad cooperation of all parts and sectors of the economy in a nation-building project to guarantee the well-being of the people and general interests of society that opens a path towards the emancipation of the working class. The modern working class is the only social force with the aim and outlook to manage the socialized means of industrial mass production for the benefit of all, in harmony with all its interrelated parts without crises. The working class as the actual producers has the aim and duty to distribute the social product within a nation-building project that guarantees extended reproduction of the economy and the well-being, security and rights of all.

U.S. Steel and Its Years of Failure

U.S. Steel executives and private institutional ownership of its stock equity and debt refuse to recognize and accept the law of a falling rate of profit in industrial mass production caused by the ever-increasing amount of social wealth required in modern productive forces. To counter the law, the ruling financial oligarchy engages in reckless parasitic adventures including predatory and inter-imperialist wars with competitors and lashes out at the working class and productive forces in destructive anger.

USS has made equity profit in only one year — $102 million in 2014 — since 2008. Why then have all the “cost savings” from closing and abandoning facilities in Canada and elsewhere, refusing to invest in renewing production, and forcing concessions from steelworkers and salaried employees not resulted in profits? Where is the much-ballyhooed $2.5 billion in cost savings from the Carnegie Way? This puzzle confounds financial analysts and representatives of the institutional owners of the company’s stock equity and debt who are impatient for positive answers and results and do not appreciate continuing losses. The experts, journalists and university pundits are all schooled in seeing only what the ruling imperialist class wants them to see. They are not good at engaging in acts of finding out what the root problems really are in the socialized economy.

 

 

 

Len Boselovic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes,

“The miserable performance makes U.S. Steel’s constant contention that the company can compete with anybody if only Washington would crack down on predatory, subsidized imports look pretty ridiculous.” He quotes Axiom Capital analyst Gordon Johnson saying, “They (USS) can’t compete with anybody on a level playing field. They have the highest costs in the industry.”

Boselovic writes, “In announcing the company’s $440 million loss last year, Mr. Longhi emphasized that ‘Carnegie Way transformation efforts’ have improved the company’s cost structure. ‘These substantive changes and improvements have increased our earnings power’.”

Really, Mr. Longhi, why then is USS facing another huge quarterly loss and projected losses for years to come?

New York economic analyst Charles Bradford was not convinced and looking for the promised improved earnings in U.S. Steel’s first-quarter numbers asked rhetorically during the company’s quarterly conference call, “Where is it?”

“Oh, it’s there,” replied a U.S. Steel spokesperson. “The company completed nearly 450 Carnegie Way projects in the first quarter and has over 3,500 more in the pipeline.”

Boselovic writes, “Such pronouncements make skeptics think the critical elements of the Carnegie Way are smoke and mirrors…. [Axiom Capital analyst Johnson] believes the problem is that for years, U.S. Steel has spent less on capital expenditures to modernize its mills than it has reported in depreciation and amortization expenses — an accounting measure that expenses the cost of the company’s steelmaking equipment over its useful life and measures how much book value the equipment loses each year.

“When depreciation and amortization exceed capital expenditures, it is a strong indication that a company is not investing enough to keep its plant and equipment up to date. ‘This is a company that has under maintained its facilities for 80 years,’ Mr. Bradford said.”

Mr. Bradford could investigate who has claimed the added-value steelworkers have produced over the years. Added-value has been available for reinvestment in the productive forces if the owners of debt and others would reduce their claims and graciously accept a fall in the rate of profit. But that is not in their class nature.

Owners of stock equity have routinely claimed twenty cents per share annually for years, around $34.8 million, on greatly fluctuating stock ownership equity of $3.5 billion. Executives have doled out this amount even while announcing continuous quarterly losses per share.

The lion’s share of the annual claim on added-value goes to owners of debt, which amounts to about $230 million on $3.4 billion of debt ownership. Other claimants on added-value include executive managers and governments.

 

The totality and pressure for claims on added-value go beyond what is available and often dips into transferred-value that should be used to replace depreciated machinery or pay for material inputs. Ironically, the subjective feature of the imperialist controlled economy with private ownership’s insistence on an ever-greater return on its investment of social wealth despite the objective law of a falling rate of profit puts pressure on executive managers not to reinvest in production from added-value but instead use additional borrowing, which exacerbates the problem and leads to greater crises.

In large industrial companies requiring huge investments of social wealth in the means of production, the oligarchs prefer debt ownership for its regular claims, and stock equity ownership for a chance to manipulate the fluctuating stock price to their advantage and fleece other buyers of stock. Many industrial companies pay no stock dividend at all but must service the debt ownership with interest profit or go into bankruptcy protection.

Len Boselovic continues, “[Johnson] has been listening to the company’s pronouncement about being able to compete on a level playing field for decades and isn’t buying it. ‘This is the same garbage story we heard in the ’70s when [former chair of USS] David Roderick claimed they could compete with anybody,’ he said…. If Mr. Longhi had paid more attention to his mills instead of government handouts, ‘Maybe things would have been a little different,’ Mr. Johnson said.”

Forbes, a major news agency of the financial oligarchy, tried to explain the situation in an item entitled, “Underperforming Amid Favorable Business Conditions: The Curious Case Of U.S. Steel.” The explanation looks only at the obvious surface features and fails to probe deeply into why such problems continually plague not only particular companies but entire sectors and the socialized economy captured within the private control of the oligarchs.

The Forbes article states, “U.S. Steel dismayed investors with an underwhelming Q1 earnings release last week. The company reported an unexpectedly steep decline in shipments for its U.S. Flat-Rolled steelmaking operations, which account for around 70 per cent of the company’s revenue, translating into a significant decline in EPS (Earnings Per Share). The poor Q1 2017 earnings resulted in a sharp decline in the company’s stock price over the course of the past week…. The company attributed the decline in shipments for the Flat-Rolled division to planned production outages as it embarks upon its asset revitalization program, which is aimed at improving the efficiency, reliability, and product quality in addition to lowering production costs. However, in doing so, the company is foregoing higher production levels during a favorable time period characterized by rising steel prices and demand for the commodity in key markets.

“The improved business conditions are reflected in the recent recovery in steel prices, with U.S. Steel reporting an 18 per cent year-over-year increase in realized prices for the Flat-Rolled division in Q1…. In Q3 2016, the division’s shipments were negatively impacted to the tune of 125,000 tons, or around 5 per cent of the company’s Q3 shipments, as a result of unplanned production outages. The division’s shipments fell further 6 per cent sequentially in Q4, as a result of planned production outages. The company lowered production levels in Q4 as it undertook its asset revitalization process, partly aimed at addressing operational problems leading to unplanned production outages. However, problems for the company’s Flat-Rolled steelmaking operations continued into 2017, with the accidental release of waste water from the company’s Midwest plant in Portage, Indiana, which temporarily halted operations at the plant. Moreover, the company reported a 4 per cent year-over-year decline in shipments for its Flat-Rolled division in Q1 2017, with the decline in shipments attributed to planned production outages under the asset revitalization program.

“The recent disruptions at the Flat-Rolled steel division’s facilities have raised concerns over U.S. Steel’s ability to increase production levels to profit from the improved business conditions for steel in the U.S. The asset revitalization program will lower the Flat-Rolled division’s shipments by around 1 million tons in 2017.”

The Forbes article fails to mention the demands for concessions from workers, the numerous recent shutdowns, closures and sale of USS productive facilities including Stelco in Canada, a mill in Serbia, facilities in Gary, Indiana; Fairfield, Alabama; Lorain, Ohio; Lone Star, Texas; Granite City, Illinois; and a rumoured sale of its mill in Slovakia. All these anti-social attacks and refusal to deal with the root problems in the economy have resulted in a tremendous toll on active and retired workers and their communities that depend on the value workers reproduce at those facilities. The failure to act to resolve the problems and contradictions in the economy exposes the oligarchs as unfit to rule. The working class must organize to deprive the ruling imperialist elite of their power to block the opening of a new direction with socialized relations of production in conformity with the objective conditions replete with a new aim. The ruling financial oligarchy puts its narrow private interests ahead of the broad interests of the working people and general interests of society. The social responsibility falls on the shoulders of the working class to build the new.

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Workers Consider BMW’s ‘final offer’

Crunch talks to be held next week

WORKERS at Oxford’s Mini Plant will be given details of BMW’s ‘final offer’ through a series of meetings next week after union bosses suspended strike action over pensions.

Tomorrow’s walkout at the Cowley factory was scrapped after Unite called off industrial action this week following crunch talks with the German carmakers in London on Wednesday.

But the Oxford Mail understands some of the workforce at the site, who have already staged three strikes, were disappointed to be told ‘at the last minute’ they would not be able to protest against plans to scrap the final salary pension scheme.

A source said workers had ‘not been told’ what the offer was, but added they received confirmation the strike actions would not go ahead late on Wednesday.

He added morale on the production lines was ‘really low’ with staff fearing they could lose out on thousands in retirement income if the scheme closed.

No details have so far been released about the offer from BMW, but it is understood to be a percentage payment of an employee’s salary, which would be paid over three years. The worker, who did not want to be named, said: “Everyone was ready to go out [on strike] again. We heard it an hour before we were due to come out. We just do not know what the offer is. A lot of people I have spoken to asked how can they call it off at such short notice.”

The worker said he felt comments from BMW chief executive Harald Kruger about the potential to build more Minis in the Netherlands were being used a ‘scare tactics’. BMW said in a statement: “We believe the offer to be fair and in the long-term interests of both the company and all our employees.”

Unite said while they do not recommend the offer, they thought members should ‘consider the detail’.

Both BMW and Unite said they would not speculate on what could happen if no deal is struck.

Report from the Oxford Mail.

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TUC responds to Conservative Party manifesto

Commenting on the Conservative manifesto, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The Prime Minister has said repeatedly that she wants to protect and enhance workers’ rights after Brexit.

“But today her manifesto reveals that Parliament will be able to water down hard-won workers’ rights that came from EU law.

“She’s also done nothing to help hard-pressed public servants who’re facing more years of real terms pay cuts.

“And, at a time when the UK is facing huge challenges, she’s picking an unnecessary fight with trade unions, by undermining the basic right to strike. That will make it harder for ordinary transport workers to protect their jobs, pay and working conditions.”

Commenting specifically on measures to tackle abuses in the gig economy, Frances said:

“The Conservatives have ignored the elephant in the room – the chilling impact of tribunal fees.

“While it’s promising that the Taylor Review is looking at improving working conditions in the gig economy, if you can’t afford to take your employer to tribunal, you can’t enforce your rights.”

Commenting specifically on the Conservatives’ pledge to scrap the triple lock on pensions, Frances said:

“The Conservatives have made the wrong political choice. If they can afford to cut corporation taxes, they can afford to keep the triple lock.

“The UK has more than 1.5 million pensioners in poverty. And one of the lowest state pensions in the advanced world. The triple lock was meant to restore the state pension after it spent decades falling behind wages. That job isn’t finished.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

  • Page 60 of the manifesto states: “We will work with train companies and their employees to agree minimum service levels during periods of industrial dispute – and if we cannot find a voluntary agreement, we will legislate to make this mandatory.”

Contacts:
TUC Press Office  T: 020 7467 1248  E: media@tuc.org.uk

Press Release
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Tribute to Lifelong Communist Charles Boylan

The Role of the Communists as the Greatest Defenders of the Human Right to Conscience


Charles Boylan speaks at Federation of Post Secondary Educators 2016 AGM.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Education and Training Employees Association (ETEA — a composite local of about 12 private sector locals teaching ESL) recently designated an annual sum of $500 for the Charles Boylan Human Rights International Solidarity Award.

After Kevin Drager, President of the ETEA moved the motion to establish the fund, Jean Ardila, Vice-President of Local 1 of ETEA over which Charles served both as President and Vice-President, took the floor and said, “Charles Boylan is a communist, and when some U.S. visitors asked whether he was ‘a straight out-front communist’ and whether that had some impact on the union, everyone laughed (his politics are known to one and all). The reason I want to emphasize that Charles is a communist is because in our union, Charles has always stood for the most important of all human rights, the right to conscience. So when you see that Charles Boylan Memorial Human Rights Award, you have to write the word ‘communist’ in there.”

Jean’s remarks were vigorously applauded.

On May 17, a letter from Charles Boylan was read out to the AGM of the 10,000 member strong Federation of Post Secondary Educators (FPSE). The reading of the letter was received with a standing ovation.[1]


Standing ovation following reading of Charles Boylan’s letter to FPSE 2017 AGM.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is pleased that the ETEA, Local 21 of the FPSE, to which Charles has devoted so much of his efforts in the past 20 years, created this award and also that the FPSE recognizes Charles’ contribution.

CPC(M-L) considers it a very timely and fitting recognition of the principles Charles has devoted his life to uphold. Defence of the right to conscience is crucial to the fight for human rights. Recognizing that this defence is a quality communists uphold is also an important contribution to the fight to affirm the rights of all.

The leader and founder of CPC(M-L) Hardial Bains pointed out that the right to conscience, to hold opinions, to express and practice them, is not merely an idea; it is a fundamental human right. It is a question of science and civilization, of the well-being of the people, freedom and progress, of the advance of society. It is not fortuitous, he said, that only progressive people deal with the question of conscience in a sincere, open and honest manner.

The anti-social offensive is taking society in a direction opposite to that required by human beings, which is why today our security lies in the fight in defence of the rights of all. Today, all people require a society which recognizes that all people have rights by virtue of being human and provides the rights of all with a guarantee.  Instead, the ruling elites are establishing as a norm that only the claims of the tiny economic elite have any legitimacy. Without addressing this problem, no amount of talk about human rights will contribute to the cause of human progress. This is why, speaking further about the right to conscience, Hardial Bains emphasized: “It is a broadly accepted view that freedom is the recognition of necessity. Can our conscience be independent of this? What is necessary now is that a new society be created which does not have the evils of capitalism. What kind of conscience is it that does not recognize this?”

Congratulations Charles on a well-deserved award! Anyone can be brave after the fact, after all the dangers have been overcome, but only a few are there to confront the situation in broad daylight. This acute sense of personal worth and involvement puts you, Charles, in the category of the most trusted activists of CPC(M-L).

Note

1. BC Worker is posting below the letter Charles Boylan sent to the 47th AGM of the FPSE, addressed to FPSE President George Davison and read by Kevin Drager, President of ETEA/FPSE Local 21.

Kevin said, “For those who don’t know him, Charles Boylan has been a member of ETEA for close to 20 years. He is recently retired due to health issues. I can in no way do justice to his voice. Those of you who have heard it can imagine Charles’ booming voice in this message. This is his message to us:”

Dear Brother George,

Please bring my militant greetings to our sisters and brothers assembled at the 47th AGM and Convention of our union, FPSE. You are a fighting force for public higher education and enlightenment, and your actions show your responsibility to this important cause for the nation. These days of retrogression with globalization and neoliberalism being the slogans of the degenerate rich and corrupt oligarchies ruling egoistically over human kind can only be met with determined resistance, determined consciousness that humanity, working people, are their own liberators. No matter how small or even trivial our struggles sometimes appear, the very act of organizing, of pulling our forces together into fighting collectives is the pulse of life that will help us open a path forward for society, for humanity.

Is it right that we are waiting on three “leaders” to determine whether we have a government willing to invest in post-secondary education, health care and other social programs, or further cut what has been fought and won in the past? Should not the people be setting the agenda and taking control over our collective lives and ensuring that every person is guaranteed basic human rights: food, clothing, shelter, livelihood, culture, political empowerment and freedom of conscience simply because we are human beings!

Sisters and brothers, I wish you all the best in your deliberations fully aware you are our activists, our fighters and the champions of your fellow workers, the students and the interests of society as a whole.

I would be with you but for my illness. […]

Charles Boylan
Retired Member
Local 21 ETEA

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Workers at BMW’s Cowley struck work

Workers at BMW’s Cowley Mini Plant strike for fourth time

Michael Race
Oxford Mail

BMW workers have again taken to the picket line to protest over proposals to scrap their final salary pension scheme.

The walkout at the Mini plant was the fourth of a series planned strikes led by union Unite.

BMW Bosses plan to ditch the pension scheme by May 31.

Hundreds of workers have lined up outside each entrance of the plant, with members holding plackards and blowing horns.

 As a result Mini production has ground to a halt as BMW stopped its production lines, which normally produce about 1,000 different models of the car every day.

John Travers, a senior rep and worker at the plant since 2001, said crowds had been protesting since 4.30am this morning.

The 61-year-old added: “It has had a bad effect on the plant. It has cost Mini production.

“I believe the company was trying to avoid today’s strike, but we have not got anywhere with the negotiations.

“Up until like week the company was refusing to look at options to keep the scheme open. Our agenda is to keep it open and it finally conceded last week.”

Mr Travers, who works in the Body In White shop, said he was happy with how the industrial action had been carried out, adding that no worker wanted the situation to come to this.

He added: “All we want is the company to look at the options to keep it open, not buy people off cheaply.

“When I retire it will have a big effect, I would be a lot worse off.”

Last week union bosses revealed they rejected an ‘insulting’ offer from BMW made in a bid to prevent further walkouts at the plant.

Unite said company representatives at the German car manufacturer had made a ‘crude attempt’ to ‘buy’ their retirements on the cheap, as discussions between reps and plant chief continue.

The firm wants to close the scheme, which union bosses claim workers will face a loss in ‘excess of £160,000 in retirement income’.

The 24-hour stoppages, which have spanned over five weeks, have been hitting BMW sites in Cowley, Hams Hall and Swindon, as well as the Rolls-Royce factory at Goodwood.

The industrial action – of which 93 per cent of Unite members backed – is the first of its kind against BMW in the UK.

The Mini production line operates from Monday to Friday with Saturdays and Sundays used as days for other work, such as maintenance to take place.

The strikes were balloted after workers have expressed alarm over plans to scrap its current pension scheme, after several meetings between Unite and BMW saw no agreement reached.

In a statement BMW said: “We have been in close discussion with Unite for a number of months over the proposed pensions changes.

“We will be making a further and final offer in the next few days that we believe to be fair and in the long-term interests of both the company and all our employees. We are acting now to protect the competitiveness of our UK operations and to make sure our pension arrangements are sustainable for the future.”

They said the scheme they are proposing staff join, with contributions of up to 16 per cent, already has more than 2,000 employees.

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Huge demonstration against merger of Sandown Bay Academy.

Protesters at Sandown Bay Academy. <em>Picture by Peter Boam.</em>

Parents, school children and teachers along with various political leaders have waged a large demonstration outside of Sandown Bay Academy.

Many of the placards denounced Academies and in particular, AET.

AET (who are already in trouble nationally for poor management of there 66 academies) could be stripped of the school for mismanagement.

Some pupils are planning to sit in, in the heads corridor.

One student from the school said:

“This will be to highlight the effects that merging Sandown Bay Academy and Ryde Academy will have on students and AET’s general effect on Sandown Bay Academy. This is a demo against AET not Sandown School and it is to support all members of staff and students.

“Our aim is to raise awareness of how AET have failed us as a school, as students and as staff and make it known that we will not simply ‘roll over’ and let AET remove Sandown Bay Academy as a school nor let them ruin us anymore”.

Independent, Cllr Julia Baker-Smith, has put forward a motion for tonight’s Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the Full Council.

The motion follows an announcement from Sandown Bay Academy sponsor, AET, that they will consult on merging the school with Ryde Academy (also sponsored by AET).

The motion reads,

This Council is appalled at the recent behaviour of the AET Academy Chain in relation to Sandown Academy School.

The School is a valuable and important part of the education system on the Isle of Wight and secondary education provision needs to be retained, preserved and promoted in the Bay Area.

In light of the behaviour of AET and the concerns this gives rise to this Council resolves to take such steps as it can to;

Approach the relevant Government Office to demand that AET be removed from the role of managing any school on the Isle of Wight.

To take steps to either establish or promote and encourage the establishment of an accountable body to take on the management and running of a school on the Sandown Bay site.

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