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NEU STOP PRESS UPDATE : 25th January 2019

January 25, 2019 | 19-003E

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | OUR UNION | ACTION | NOTICEBOARD | INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY | IN THE NEWS

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Indicative ballot
As you will know, the indicative ballot closed last week and results were reported to members on Monday. The final turnout was 31.4%, with 82% of members in schools and 84% of members in sixth forms saying they were willing to take strike action over funding cuts.

There was unanimous support for the campaigning work we have done on school and college funding cuts with members wanting this to continue. And, sadly but inevitably, the vast majority of respondents said cuts are harming their school or college, making it harder for leaders and teachers to do a good job for students and pupils.

While the turnout did not meet the 50% threshold for formal ballots imposed by this Government’s punitive trade union laws, the fact that more than 80,000 members gave us their views represents a huge and unprecedented achievement. This is a testament to all the hard work you have done to build the ballot in your local area. The responses members have given will provide us all with extremely useful information on which to build the next stages of the campaign.

The National Executive will consider the results in detail before making decisions on taking forward our funding and pay campaigns. In the immediate future we want you to continue working to keep funding high on the political agenda and to put pressure on the Government in the run-up to this year’s local elections and the Comprehensive Spending Review. You can do this by:

  • Encouraging members in your area to sign the Gateshead heads’ petition and get it to the 100,000 signatures needed to force a Parliamentary debate.
  • Build links with parent groups campaigning on funding in your local area.
  • Start to plan how you can engage your members and reps in actions during the run-up to the 2 May local elections to make funding a key political issue.
  • Keep visiting the website for the latest on the pay campaign.

School Governors Week of Action on Funding
From 25 February to 2 March the National Governance Association (NGA) are running a week of action – Funding The Future – calling on school governors to lobby their local MP by inviting them to their school, by visiting their constituency office or by taking part in a national lobby on 28 February. As part of this, the NGA has detailed 9 asks to the Government for this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

There is a growing chorus of voices joining us in protesting about funding cuts and seeking to apply political pressure and it’s important we work together. So please make sure teacher governors in your area know about this week of action and urge them to take part, along with fellow governors and head teachers.

OUR UNION

Annual Conference, 15-18 April, Liverpool
More has been added to the annual conference webpage including a draft outline programme

Deadlines
Secretaries are reminded of the following Conference deadlines

Priority Voting
(Form C.05)
The closing date for priority voting on motions to be included in the Conference Agenda is 14 February 2019
Delegate Registration
(Form C.01)
The deadline for notification of delegates to Conference is 15 February 2019
Conference Committee
(Form C.03)
The deadline for nominations for the Conference Committee is 18 March 2019
Amendments The deadline for submission of amendments is 18 March 2019 (no longer than 200 words, the word limit will be strictly applied by the Conference Committee)
Observers to Conference
(Form C.08)
The deadline for Observer applications is 18 March 2019

If you have any queries regarding the above timetable, please contact karen.handley@neu.org.uk or 020 7380 4746.

District Unity Bank Accounts
For all district bank accounts that have been opened with Unity Trust, an email confirmation has been sent to each signatory using their NEU email address. This confirmation includes the “Memorable word” required for online banking registration with Unity Trust.

It is a requirement to use your NEU email address to adhere to data protection regulations and ensure the appropriate safeguards are in place for the Union’s assets. The security for the Office 365 email system is maintained by the Union’s IT department.

ACTION

Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email address below:

Action Date Contact
Galliard Primary School / Enfield
(Transfer of Employer)
31 January 2019 Susan O’ Shea
susan.oshea@neu.org.uk

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.

NOTICEBOARD

Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2019
Please remind your members about Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January and let them know that the excellent NEU Mosaic resources for schools are available to download. The messages for this #HMD2019  are Torn from Home and  the Holocaust Educational Trust’s #Be louder  campaign. #BeLouder emphasises the importance of Holocaust education against the disturbing rise in contemporary antisemitism and confronting hatred wherever we find it.

INTERNATIONAL

Nobel Laureate and founder of the 100 million campaign visits NEU HQ
Earlier this week, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi visited London and took part in a meeting and school visit with the NEU. A very successful meeting was held with Kevin Courtney, covering Satyarthi’s past work on child, human and labour rights and his current work with the 100 million campaign. The 100 million campaign seeks to empower 100 million young activists to fight for every child around the world to be free, safe and educated. Find out more about the 100 million campaign in the film The Price of Free.

Philippines: Teacher unionists under threat
Education International has urged the global education community to take action to express outrage at the death threats received by the General Secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Philippines. Find out more about the case and the unlawful profiling of ACT members on EI’s website, and take action here.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

District and Branch Secretaries’ Conference, Friday 1 March
A reminder to all those who haven’t yet booked but would like to attend this event. We’ll be at the etc venues, in County Hall, near to Waterloo and Westminster stations, and almost opposite the Houses of Parliament on the south side of the Thames. Start time will be 11:00 and we’ll finish by 16:00.

Please click here for a list of all who’ve registered so far. If you aren’t on the list and would like to attend, please fill in your details here and book your travel as soon as you can, to take advantage of advance fares. We’re hoping most coming will be able to get to London without the need of overnight accommodation on 28 Feb. If however, you would need to leave home before 06:30 to reach the venue in time, there is space to indicate this on the booking form and the central events team will take care of hotel accommodation for you near to the venue.

National Health and Safety Reps training 12-14 March (Part 1) and 11-13 June (Part 2), Warwick University
This course is for elected NEU health and safety representatives at workplace level. It’s split into two parts allowing participants to reflect on their learning and put into practice some of the strategies developed during the course. The course will brief you thoroughly on your role and rights as a health and safety representative and give you a clear understanding of the basic framework of health and safety law. It will also empower you to approach health and safety issues collectively. Book your place here.

Treasurers Training, 20-22 and 22-24 May, Warwick University
The next Treasurers Training Courses are an excellent opportunity for NEU District Treasurers to learn how to perform this key function for their District and about the changes that have taken place regarding financial procedures since the full integration of the organisation.

Book your place on 20th-22nd May or 22nd –24th May

IN THE NEWS

The result of our indicative ballot announced on Monday was reported on in TES, Schools Week and Education Executive.

A damning Public Accounts Committee report was released on Wednesday, shattering the Government’s illusion that academies and free schools enjoy proper oversight. We commented in the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, TES and again here, Huffington Post, ITV News, Education Executive and Public Finance.  Other reports in TES and the BBC focused on the failures around asbestos. Our original press release is available here.

Ludicrously, Damian Hinds chose the same day to call for more schools to academise. We responded in this PR.

Our reaction to the release of secondary school performance tables on Thursday was widely picked up in the regional press. An example here and the original press release is here.

This week we also commented on huge salaries for academy heads (Schools Week) and new curriculum proposals in Wales (SecEd).

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
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