Category Archives: Events

Conservative Party Conference demonstration

Austerity has failed – and the consequences can be seen as more and more teachers leave the profession, less young graduates join us, and schools are starved of funding.

Join us on Sunday 01 October to demonstrate at the Conservative Party Conference. This is a national demonstration, backed by the unions and many national organisations. It is part of the People’s Assembly “Take Back Manchester” week of activities.

Hope to see you there – there will be an NEU section on the march for you to join.

Manchester NUT Education Question Time Cancelled

We all followed the events of Monday night at Manchester Arena with growing horror, and the realisation on Tuesday morning of how bad the situation was brought home to us how many families, pupils, schools and teachers will be affected by this terrible attack.

Manchester Teachers’ Association would like to extend our condolences and solidarity to all the victims of this shameful atrocity, and to their families and friends.

As a result we have decided to postpone our Education Question Time from Thursday 25 May, until after the General Election. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but we hope everyone will understand and respect our decision.

MTUC May Day Festival 2017

Manchester Trades Council’s May Day festival is this weekend, and has a huge number of great events.

Assemble 11am at All Saints Park for our traditional May Day march, this year concentrating on defending the NHS.

Manchester NUT will be running a Reclaiming Schools stall at the Manchester Mechanics Institute during the afternoon, and also hosting a More Than A Score open meeting at 2.45pm – come and hear the genuine alternative to the current disastrous primary school testing regime.

In addition, there are great music and comedy nights over the weekend to help celebrate May Day.

 

 

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

International Workers’ Memorial Day remembers all workers who have lost their lives in the workplace, and is commemorated this Friday in Manchester.

Programme for Manchester #iwmd17

Gather at Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street from 11.30 onwards with banners and wreaths.

Music from Claire Mooney

12.00: Lynn Collins, Secretary of NWTUC, Chair will welcome everyone, briefly explain the reasons for IWMD and the theme for this year

12.05: Andy Burnham, Labour Party Candidate for G.M. Mayor – how he will work to ensure good health and safety at heart of decent jobs and lives, is a key part of his economic strategy

12.10: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers –Tracey’s husband Mark was killed by his employers negligence

12.16: Leo McCann, Professor of Organisational Studies, University of Manchester, the effect of cuts, extra work and trauma on the health of firefighters and other emergency workers

12.22: Christine Alderson, Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group Phil Liptrot – how government attacks on access to justice:  are affecting sick and injured workers and their families

12.26: Mick Whelan, Gen Sec ASLEF on how health and safety for workers is also for passengers, DOO campaign etc

12.30: Lauren McCourt, BFAWU, Fast food worker

12.35: Neil Hope Collins, Prospect

12.40: Ann Farrow and Jane Warburton, UNISON Care Workers

12.45: Phil Liptrot, Thompsons Solicitors government attacks on access to justice effects on sick, injured workers & families

  1. 49: Reading of the names of some of those killed in the North West

12.53: One minutes silence to Remember all the Dead killed at and by work

12.55: Laying of wreaths

12.57: Song from Claire Mooney

13.00: Lynn Collins – concluding comments.

Adjourn to the People’s History Museum – stewards will point the way-  to see the “Fair enough: We are all sickened by inequality at work” exhibition, the new GMHC film on why IWMD is important to us and have a cup of tea. And warm up/cool down/ dry off-  whatever is appropriate!

New National Education Union is formed!

NUT and ATL members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the amalgamation of our two unions. Our new union will be called the National Education Union (NEU).

The National Education Union will come into existence on 1 September 2017 with over 450,000 members, a powerful voice for the whole education profession, in state-funded and independent schools and colleges. For full details see the press release.

Unity is Strength

It’s no secret that professional unity has been a hot topic at the National Union of Teachers for many years. A union is only as strong as its membership and incorporating the majority of teachers into one union would result in a louder, more persuasive voice when championing the rights of school staff and students. Bringing together the National Union of Teachers with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to create a new union is a natural progression in the quest to provide the most effective and efficient means of representing all education professionals.

NUT members speak up for one union and encourage colleagues to vote yes.

A joint video message from Kevin and Mary.

Interview with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted

We sat down with Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, to find out more about the amalgamation of these two unions and what it will mean for members. Both were keen to share their thoughts on why the time is now to join forces and how teachers everywhere will benefit from a strong unified profession

Fair Deal 4 Manchester Event 25th February 5pm

Tory cuts to social care and education budgets have gone too far. There simply isn’t enough money to care for vulnerable people and help our young people thrive in our city.

Older people, those needing support for mental health, disabilities and learning difficulties, and those affected by homelessness, alcohol and drugs, are being hit by drastic funding cuts driven through by Theresa May’s heartless government.

Join us to protest about cuts in social care funding and the Tory attack on our schools.
Meet at Castlefield Arena, Saturday 25th February, 5pm for a torchlight march to the rally in Albert Square.
Bring your family and friends to stand up for Manchester.

Come out with us on Saturday 25th February. Stand up for your city and send a strong message to Theresa May

Free tickets for Manchester NUT members

Manchester Community Safety Forum is holding a follow up to its conference on Daesh, this time on the dangers of the far right, on Friday Nov 18 at 6.30pm. There will be an excellent line up of expert speakers, and a three course meal. The event takes place at the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Whalley Range (see flyer). Individual tickets are priced £15, but Manchester Teachers’ Association has paid for a table for ten, tickets for which are available for free on a first come, first served basis for interested Manchester NUT members.

Contact us if you’re a Manchester member and wish to attend for free. Email secretary@manchester.nut.org.uk  or telephone 0161 945 5062.

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Strike Day 05 July #J5

NUT members came out on strike in force yesterday, with schools across the region being affected by industrial action against government cuts to education funding. Six hundred members and supporters from sister unions marched through Manchester, and later assembled to hear speeches from Kiri Tunks, NUT Junior Vice President, concerned parents, Manchester City Councillors, our sister union the UCU, and others.

Most importantly, we have now established the legal right to take more action in the Autumn term, if the government do not engage in meaningful talks on funding, national terms and conditions, and workload.