Education unions

Stop “no recourse” scandal

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 11:55 Author: David Pendletone

Lewisham NEU (National Education Union) has voted to send a motion entitled “No child should go hungry in our schools” (motion 109) to our union’s national conference this year, and is seeking support to prioritise it for debate. At present, some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in our schools are denied meals under the government’s invidious No Recourse to Public Funding (NRPF) designation.

If You're in the Building, You're in the Union

Submitted by Class Struggle on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 13:46

By a London Teacher

A potentially very positive consequence of the ATL/NUT merger to for the National Education Union (NEU) is that it removed the barrier that the National Union of Teachers imposed on itself not to recruit non-teaching staff in schools. By doing so the possibility has been created of much more effective workplace organisation in schools.

The NEU now claims over 450,000 members, including a significant and growing number of non-teaching staff.

New Union, New Executive

Submitted by Class Struggle on Thu, 03/01/2019 - 21:47

It’s hard to work out with any reliability the political balance in the first ever National Executive of the National Education Union (NEU). As the fourth biggest union in the UK and the first to organise all school and college workers the direction of the NEU will be hugely important for the trade union movement.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 9:21 Author: Patrick Murphy and Gemma Short

The striking dinner ladies at Ladywood school in Grimethorpe returned to work on 29 November, claiming victory in their fight to defend their jobs. The school proposed to make all nine of the school meals supervisors redundant as part of a cost-cutting exercise announced in June. Backed by their union, Unison, the women decided to fight back and voted to take extensive strike action to save their jobs.

Schools ballot opens

Submitted by cathy n on 13 November, 2018 - 8:56 Author: By Patrick Murphy, NEU (NUT section) executive, personal capacity
teachers' action

On 15 November the National Education Union (NEU) will open an indicative ballot for all teacher members in state schools and sixth form colleges on the linked issues of school funding and the 2018 teachers’ pay award. The ballot will run for two months, closing in early January.

John Roan school fight continues

Submitted by cathy n on 13 November, 2018 - 8:51 Author: By a teacher

Parents and school workers at John Roan School are continuing to show the way to resist forced academisation. The school in Greenwich, south east London, is threatened with forced academisation after a poor Ofsted report.

A vibrant community campaign, backed up with a significant number of strikes has brought support from local politicians and media attention.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 31 October, 2018 - 11:34 Author: Two train drivers

Two train drivers talked with Solidarity about the latest in the long-running Driver Only Operation dispute, where the RMT union is taking action against threats to guards’ jobs.

As far as we know, the Merseyrail offer is not final. We’re not even sure why it’s been publicly released.

Negotiations are still ongoing. The ACAS process was supposed to be confidential, and this breaches that.

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