The NUT needs your support to defend education and protect teachers. There is a national strike planned for March 26, but there is much that can be done before then.
Reps bulletin – dealing with next stage of campaign, success stories and our reaction to NASUWT decision.
You can help us:
ENGAGE with parents. We know that parents trust teachers far more than they do the Government. We have leaflets and a petition and you can read our message to parents here. We are also asking members to set up stalls around the country, where parents and the general public can join the campaign for education. For stalls on 8 March click here. Details of stalls on later dates will follow.
Put PRESSURE on politicians. Meeting with your local MP is a powerful way of getting across how low teacher morale is. There is a General Election just around the corner - they need to listen and your vote counts. You can also write to your MP here.
STRIKE on March 26. We deeply regret this step, but Michael Gove hasn’t shown any willingness to change on issues which matter deeply to teachers. Your support is vital and it is your democratic right to take action. Rallies will be organised throughout England and Wales and details will be circulated shortly.
The cross-union talks which opened on February 25 could avert a strike. We will engage in all talks but they need to be constructive. To avoid a strike, Michael Gove must show he is willing to compromise. Already, the STRB has dealt a blow to Michael Gove in their refusal to accept his flimsy reasoning for changes to pay and conditions. Even the head of Ofsted has dubbed it a ‘scandal’ that two fifths of teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Education is in crisis and we must stand against those who seek to erode it further.
This document summarises the recommendations on teacher pay and conditions set out in the latest School Teachers’ Review Body report, including its rejection of key proposals from Michael Gove, and explains the implications for teachers.