Category Archives: Meetings and events

Manchester NUT supports Stand Up To Racism


A Stand Up to Racism Manchester open organising meeting is taking place at Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester on Tuesday 17 May at 7pm. It will discuss details of the Convoy to Calais to support refugees on Saturday 18 June 2016.

With Mohammed Azam, former Labour councillor; and campaigner & Saira Weiner, UCU joint regional secretary, recently returned from solidarity delegation to Calais.

Mohammed will speak on the fight against Islamophobia after the religious profiling by GMP at the Trafford Centre ‘anti terror’ reherasal. ‘They have targeted only one faith, it’s not acceptable,’

Saira wil report on the situation in the Calais Camp today, and how we can build the Calais Convoy

Everyone can help raise money and publicising the convoy.

This week the government were forced to back down on their plan not to accept child refugees. This a good start – but we need to keep the pressure up to say refugees are welcome here!

All welcome at this open meeting – if you have any ideas/actions for discussion please get in touch

Solidarity with members at Prestwich Arts College

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NUT members have now completed six days of strike action at Prestwich Arts College in their struggle against compulsory redundancies.
The governors are meeting on Tuesday evening (finance committee followed by
full governors.). They will be considering the financial projections of
various scenarios. Obviously the NUT members want them to pick a scenario that does not
involve sacking teachers (or indeed anyone else, although at the moment it
is only teachers under threat), and are therefore calling for a big turnout to help support them at the lobby. The governors need to see that it is not only 30 NUT members who oppose these sackings but the wider community.If you can attend, please meet at the school at 6pm on Tuesday.  Prestwich Arts College, Heys
Road, M25 1JZ.


MTA General Meeting 19th May

The May General Meeting of the Manchester Teachers’ Association will take place at 5pm on Thursday 19th May at the GMP Sports and Social Club, Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Rd W, Manchester M21 7SX. Refreshments will be available. Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale will be speaking the Trade Union Bill. The agenda can be accessed here

Reps meeting to discuss strike ballot


The NUT Easter conference voted to ballot for strike action over the effect the government white paper on academies will have on funding and our terms and conditions.

The ballot will open in May, and to prepare for that date there will be a meeting for all Manchester NUT reps on Wednesday 11 May at 4.30pm. It will take place at the GMP Sports and Social Club on Mauldeth Road West, M21 7SX.

It is essential that as many reps as possible attend this meeting, including those already working in academies. The ending of national terms and conditions and most probably the Burgundy Book, will affect all schools.

We would further urge you to encourage all members to attend the General Meeting planned for 5pm on Thursday 19 May at the same venue, when we will discuss the planned action further, and be addressed by Mike Kane MP on the Trade Union bill.

MTA General Meeting 24th February

alan gibThe February General Meeting of the Manchester Teachers’ Association will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 24th  February at the GMP Sports and Social Club, Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Rd W, Manchester M21 7SX. Refreshments will be available. The agenda can be accessed here.

Our special guest speaker will be well known children’s author Alan Gibbons. Alan is a passionate defender of state education, and a great speaker. Make sure you’re there to hear him!

TUC Heart Unions Week 8-14 February


The TUC “Heart Unions” week, in opposition to the Trade Union bill, takes place February 8-14.

There are excellent teaching resources for use in schools, and one of the highlights is the “Big Workplace Meeting” on Tuesday 9 February at 12.30pm. Reps are encouraged to sign up to have a meeting at that time if it fits in with lunch, during which there will be a live broadcast from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.

As if that isn’t enough, there will be events happening right across the North West!

Details can be found here.

End of one term – looking forward to another!

christmas-treeAs we approach the end of the Christmas term this Friday, we’d like to wish all our members a happy and peaceful Christmas. Enjoy your hard earned rest!

The MTA office will shut on Friday 18 December 2015, and reopen on Monday 04 January 2016. The national helpline will be available for some of that time on 0203 0066 266.

And to help you banish the January blues when you return for the new term, there are two events to look forward to:

There will be a Young Teacher pub crawl on Saturday 09 January, starting at 1pm in Trof bar on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter. First drink is free when you show your union card, and there will be information about how you can become more involved in your union from John Morgan (Manchester Secretary) and Amanda Martin (National Executive). A great way to meet fellow teachers, and don’t forget, Young Teachers extends to 35! Teetotalers are very welcome to come along and share the fun.

Secondly, our Annual General Meeting will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 20 January at Hough End Police Club on Mouldeth Rd, Chorlton. Guest speaker will be Hilda Palmer from the Manchester Hazards Campaign, talking about the TTIP trade agreement, and how it is essential public sector workers and unions oppose its more draconian clauses.