The NUT will take national strike action on March 26 in our campaign to stop the Government breaking up national pay rates for teachers. If the Government succeeds in destroying national pay rates, teachers will face big pay cuts in future years.
We must act now to stop this attack not just for ourselves but for the future living standards of all teachers.
The union must set out clear and concrete demands, focused on retaining national pay and conditions of service. School managements across the country are already imposing school-based pay ahead of the official imposition of the new, school-by-school pay regime in September this year.
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This is a fight we can win if we take bold and decisive action now. We would encourage reps and members to set up picket lines at schools which remain open, whether to students or staff only.
There are so many reasons why teachers should be taking action now. Apart from their intention to destroy national pay and conditions the Government is also pressing ahead with the free schools and academies programmes despite mounting evidence that this is damaging the life chances of children and undermining teacher morale.
Recently we have seen how E Act, an organisation already in the dock for possible fraudulent financial practices, has lost control of a third of its schools, including the Sherwood E Act Academy in Gedling. We had serious concerns when E Act took the school and we have seen serious examples of staff being mistreated by school management.
The NUT rejects Vernon Coaker MP’s claim that the latest managers at the school have been getting it right. Vernon Coaker needs to talk to ordinary teachers about life in schools. Teachers are under constant pressure to deliver ‘outstanding’ lessons and improve student test/exam performance.
There needs to be serious discussion amongst members about what what should follow on from this strike, particularly how we deal with bullying sponsors like E Act and and Ofsted regime that is completely out of control, under its guru Michael Wilshaw. These discussions must involve the members at every level of the union and would must look to link up with workers fighting to defend jobs and services across the public sector, such as lecturers in higher education and tube workers in London.
The tube workers showed just what kind of action is necessary to force the employers into serious talks about what matters to us. In contrast Michael Gove has so far refused to discuss anything other than how his draconian and vindictive policies will be inflicted on teachers, students and other workers in schools.
There are important local meetings coming up and we would urge you to attend. For details click the headings below.
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