Education unions

Stop the witch-hunt against Liam Conway!

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By Gerry Bates

The Nottinghamshire Division of the National Union of Teachers has repeatedly written to the General Secretary and the National Secretary seeking to negotiate a settlement on issues relating to financial irregularity in the Division and to close down the matter on just terms. But the appeals of Nottinghamshire members appear to be falling on deaf ears.

Yet the union has continued to process disciplinary cases against those who blew the whistle on the irregularities.

Disciplinary cases against NUT whistle blower is attempt to overturn democratic decisions

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Lessons from Birmingham

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Liam Conway, NUT Exec member (pc)

There have been two reports into Birmingham schools; one commissioned by Birmingham Council, written by Ian Kershaw, a former Head Teacher from Coventry, the other by Peter Clarke, former counter-terrorism chief at the Met.

It is not enough to put a cross wherever the Government puts a tick. We have to actually dirty our hands and find out honestly what is going on in Birmingham schools.

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Lambeth College: preparing for round two!

Union negotiators for lecturers at Lambeth College have failed to reach an agreement.

Management have failed to show any movement on proposed new contracts which would see increases in hours, cuts in pay, reduced holidays and cuts in sickness entitlement.

However workers ended their strike on Wednesday 9 July, committed to working during enrolment, and have agreed to re-ballot for further industrial action in the autumn.

Lambeth College Strike

Union negotiators for lecturers at Lambeth College have failed to reach an agreement.

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After 10 July, extend the action

10 July saw the biggest strike in Britain since the 30 November 2011 pensions strike.

The strike, which involved hundreds of thousands of teachers, council workers, civil servants, fire fighters, and other public sector staff, shut down schools and local government services across the country. Workers’ Liberty members participating in the strike sent reports to Solidarity.

In Leeds, activists say the number of pickets matched the levels of the 2011 strike. Around 4,000 attended a city centre rally.

10 July saw the biggest strike in Britain since the 30 November 2011 pensions strike.

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Powell-Davies gains 27% of vote

Despite leftie-bashing by the Times newspaper, with the help of former General Secretary Fred Jarvis, a sizeable minority of National Union of Teachers members voted for LANAC NUT General Secretary candidate Martin Powell-Davies.

Martin, who stood on a platform calling for escalated and co-ordinated industrial action against Gove’s measures, gained 27% of the vote against incumbent Christine Blower. The result was declared on 25 June.

A sizeable minority of National Union of Teachers members voted for a rank-and-file candidate in the General Secretary election.

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Keep up support for Lambeth College

Teaching staff at Lambeth College have now been on strike for five weeks.

The workers are fighting new contracts that attack pay and conditions, which would affect all new workers and create a two-tier workforce at the college. It is a critical dispute, the outcome of which could help or hinder conditions for many other workers in further education.

Representatives of the University and College Union and Lambeth College bosses have now restarted negotiations.

Teaching staff at Lambeth College have now been on strike for five weeks.

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Plan the fightback

The public sector strike on 10 July will be the biggest strike in Britain since the November 2011 strike over attacks to public sector pensions. Well over one million workers could take part.

The public sector strike on 10 July will be the biggest strike in Britain since the November 2011 strike over attacks to public sector pensions. Well over one million workers could take part.

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University workers plan next steps

Despite five days of strikes in June, the University of London has continued with its plan to close the Garden Halls of residence, with the loss of around 80 jobs.

The halls closed on 30 June, and many of the former Garden Halls workers are now on temporary summer contracts at other university sites until mid-September.

Despite five days of strikes in June, the University of London has continued with its plan to close the Garden Halls of residence, with the loss of around 80 jobs.

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Support Lambeth College!

Teaching staff at Lambeth College are on all-out strike. The workers are fighting new contracts that attack pay and conditions, which would affect all new workers and create a two-tier workforce at the college.

The changes include:

• An increase in working hours, and a lower hourly rate of pay.

• Reduced holiday.

• An attack on sick pay entitlement for those on long term sick leave.

This is the fourth week of all out indefinite action for UCU members at the college.

Unison members joined the UCU on strike for the second time on 24-26 Jun.

Teaching staff at Lambeth College are on all-out strike. The workers are fighting new contracts that attack pay and conditions, which would affect all new workers and create a two-tier workforce at the college.

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Build for 10 July strike!

Members of the public sector union Unison have voted by a 59% majority to strike on 10 July against a 1% pay offer and for a rise of at least £1 an hour.

In the week preceding the announcement of Unison’s ballot result, the National Union of Teachers confirmed it would join a 10 July strike.

Strike ballot results from Unite, GMB, and the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) (all over public sector pay) are yet to be announced, and the Fire Brigades Union has a live ballot that will allow it to participate in a 10 July strike.

As over a million public sector workers prepare to strike against a pay freeze, statistics show that Britain is one of the most unequal countries in western Europe.

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