More details to follow with regard to rallies on the day.
NUT members who have not received a ballot paper should phone the hotline on
020 7380 6300 between 9am and 5.15pm.
The hotline will operate from Wednesday 25 May until Friday 17 June.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
The action ballot is now open – please vote YES! to defend your terms and conditions. Below is a new video from acting General Secretary Kevin Courtney, President Anne Swift, and members of our National Executive.
The NUT is in dispute with the Secretary of State and is balloting members for strike action.
As more schools become academies, the coverage of the national STPCD and Burgundy Book will narrow and these protections will gradually wither away. Real term cuts in funding will have major effects on schools and teachers, whether academy or maintained.
This will further erode terms and conditions, increase workload and impede pay progression for teachers.
To All Members: Please open your ballot paper as soon as it arrives, and vote in favour of strike action to defend your terms and conditions and your profession.
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
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.
BURY NUT HAVE ASKED US TO SHARE THIS MESSAGE WIDELY
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.
A petition calling for this year’s KS1 and KS2 tests to be cancelled has already been signed by over 50,000 people and is growing quickly. Please sign the petition here, and encourage others to do the same.
There is a MP letter template on the NUT website. Teachers simply fill in their name and address details and the form will produce a letter addressed to the local MP.
Solidarity with all Manchester and North West Sixth Form members forced to take action to defend their jobs and sector today.
The NUT was vindicated yesterday when the Government’s attempt to have the strike declared illegal was rejected by the high court.
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.