Education unions

Teachers call for strike ballot on 5% pay demand

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:20 Author: A conference delegate

The conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) section of the National Education Union (NEU) (Brighton, 30 March to 3 April) called for a 5% pay rise.

It said the union should ballot all members for strikes in the 2018/19 school year if we don’t get that.

The initial motion on pay from the Executive called only for a ballot “if internal polling suggests that there would be sufficient support”. Conference passed an amendment from Coventry which linked in the issue of workload and made the commitment to a ballot clear.

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Teachers call for strike ballot on 5% pay demand

Submitted by martin on 10 April, 2018 - 10:14 Author: By a delegate

Delegates from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) section of the National Education Union (NEU) met in Brighton from 30 March to 3 April for our union’s national conference.

Workers’ Liberty school workers intervened alongside other activists organised around the Education Solidarity Network (ESN) to put forward arguments on testing and workload as well as to challenge the union leadership on its weak industrial strategy.

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With the Cuban workers, not the Cuban police state!

Submitted by AWL on 1 April, 2018 - 10:24 Author: Workers' Liberty teachers
Castro and Khrushchev

(The following text was printed as a leaflet; that leaflet was ripped up by the organisers of the Cuba Solidarity fringe meeting to whom it was addressed, in a half-hearted attempt to emulate the Cuban police state...)

A Letter to Delegates

It is a disgrace that over the last two years the National Union of Teachers [now National Education Union] has spent £48 000 subsidising delegates on “solidarity” visits to Cuba.

This is an enormous waste of money, and politically it is positively harmful, too.

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Victories at London schools

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 7:08 Author: Gemma Short
Avenue school

School workers across London have been striking against academy proposals, terms and conditions, appraisal, and management styles.

In January National Education Union (NEU) and GMB members at Charlton Park academy in Greenwich won an agreement that nationally negotiated terms and conditions would apply to all staff (see: bit.ly/2Gh5Six).

Campaigns against academisation in Newham have linked up NEU members, parents, and Labour Party activists. Strikes have happened at Avenue Primary school, Cumberland school, and Keir Hardie school.

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Strikes over pay and academisation

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 2:03 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at Connaught school in Walthamstow, London, and Avenue school in Newham, London, were both on strike on Tuesday 13 March.

School workers at Avenue school have been fighting the proposed conversion of their school to an academy. Avenue strikers have been had support from parents and the local labour movement. This has included lobbies of the Labour council, including by Labour members, over the council′s support for academies.

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Victory for Southwark teachers over box-ticking culture

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 1:39 Author: A Southwark teacher
CoLA Strike

Teachers at the City of London Academy Southwark have won significant improvements after three days of strikes by the National Education Union, 1 March and 7-8 March.

A union group meeting on Monday 12 March voted to suspend further strikes, scheduled for 13-15 March while management carries through its promises to redraft appraisal and support-plan policies in consultation with the union.

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"There is a world beyond the campus" - Vote Sahaya James for NUS President

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:00 Author: Sahaya James
Vote Sahaya James for NUS President

Students don’t live in hermetically sealed containers, undisturbed by the oppression and exploitation around the world. Yet too often student unions behave as if they do.

We constantly hear the rhetoric of the “average student” concerned only with the costs of printing and nights out, as if campuses aren’t implicated in the injustices which define our society.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 1:47 Author: Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

As previously reported in Solidarity (461, 7 February), the Communication Workers′ Union Postal Executive has endorsed the agreement reached between CWU negotiators and Royal Mail, which will now be put to a vote of the membership.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 1:22 Author: Gemma Short, Peggy Carter and Charlotte Zalens

On 2 January a notice appeared on the staff noticeboards of some McDonald’s stores announcing a significant pay rise for workers.

Pay for under 18s will now go up to a minimum of £5.75, under 21s to a minimum of £6.75, under 25s to a minimum of £7.95, and over 25s to a minimum of £8 in London. All workers will get an above inflation pay rise of between 5.4 and 6.3%. It is the biggest pay rise McDonald’s workers have had in 10 years.

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