NUT to take strike action

Submitted by Anon on 1 April, 2008 - 8:07 Author: Pat Murphy

The NUT National Executive met today to consider the results of our ballot for one day strike action on pay. 75.2% of members voted in favour of action on a turnout of 32%. On the basis of this result there was no hesitation in calling for the strike to go ahead on Thursday April 24th. The vote to proceed with the strike was unanimous on the Executive.
Over the next three weeks local branches of the union will be working full-on to build the strike, maximise the turnout and organise mass rallies all over the country on the day.

Learning more in 32 hours than in 32 ordinary months

Submitted by AWL on 7 March, 2008 - 7:46 Author: Tom Unterrainer

It’s very simple. We want to see social change in the world in which we live. We want to see this social change because we are human beings who have ideas. We think, we talk, we discuss, and when we’re done thinking and talking and discussing, well then, we feel that these things are vacuous unless we then act on the principle that we think, talk and discuss about. This is as much a part of a university education as anything else. - - Jack Weinberg, Berkeley Free Speech Campaigner


Submitted by dalcassian on 18 January, 2008 - 3:28 Author: Sean Matgamna

Now, Mary places papers all along the kitchen,
On table, dresser, chairs: small girls at school;
Herself, the nun, alone with children in her den.
Mary is re-enacting school, the convent school,
Where little girls are shaped, chastised, cut
By holy women strung alive to God's tight rule.
So she begins to teach: she stiffens, starts to strut
Facing the girls, like nemesis engaged,
A long thin stick in hand. Slowly she starts to “tut”.
“Tut-tut! Tut-tut! Tut-tut!” Soon anger sparks to rage,

1000 against English course cuts

Submitted by Anon on 4 May, 2007 - 8:38

Over 1000 people demonstrated in Hackney in opposition to proposed cuts in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses on April 27th, with marches from Islington, Tower Hamlets and Hackney boroughs converging outside Hackney Town Hall.

The government last year cut funding for adult education courses by 3%, with the effect that ESOL courses for over-19s will no longer be free. This despite the fact that they are withdrawing benefit rights for those immigrants who do not speak English.

More Tests! More often!

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:18

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Heard the one about how the government are going to scrap SATs?
Alan Johnson (Secretary of State for Education) and Ken Boston (Head of QCA) have been spinning this line since the turn of the year and the publication of a DfES document, ‘Making Good Progress’. This outlines the plans for a new assessment system. Ending SATs is dangled as a possibility, but in their place will come more tests, more often, along with payment by results.

NUT Conference - Year long dispute ends in success

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:17

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Teachers at Colonel Frank Seely, following more than a year of campaigning and action by the NUT, have finally got their just desserts.
Management at the school were first pressured into ACAS and then, for the first time since the dispute began over a year ago, forced into real negotiations with a positive outcome.
Faced with significant pay cuts NUT members at the school, many not losing any money at all, stood shoulder to shoulder in the interests of those who were to lose the most.

Intensifying Support Programme (ISP) means more work with no support!

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:08

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Since the successful national ballot on the NUT’s guidelines on workload we have heard very little about the issue as a continuing campaign and yet it must have been clear to all involved that just voting to support guidelines wasn’t going to reduce workload.

NUT - No Deals with Brown! For a fighting union, not a bosses union

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:03

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Those of you who have not been to NUT Annual Conference for a few years may find the experience a very odd one.
Internal unity in the NUT is at an all-time peak and there are few parts of the agenda where fierce division and debate can be expected.