Monthly Archives: May 2016

NUT Strike Ballot Opens


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.


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