National Executive Report September 2018

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Inner London NASUWT

 The Only Teachers Union

www.nasuwt.lewisham.org.uk

Your Pay

Finally a response from Government on the STRB recommendations. The headlines were very good the reality is less than great - the Secretary of State has messed with the detail and the pay uplift will not be applied fairly.

London schools continue to be victim to budget cuts. There are redundancies for teachers and support staff. The result is a heavier workload for our members.

We are not there quite yet colleagues but we may need to be organising around pay and action in time.

 

Regional Committee & Conference

Regional Conference will be on November 17th at Amba Hotel Charing Cross. Save the date!

The next Regional Committee meeting is at the Greater London Regional Centre 11am - lunchtime. 30th. November. The attendance of D23 Secretaries and others is very disappointing at these meetings. We make important decisions and it’s a valuable forum for information exchange. Please try to attend.

 

Action Matters

Increasingly we are finding that organising around Adverse Management , especially where Action Short of Strike Action is not appropriate, is very effective.

 

Please keep Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan up to date with your meeting dates.

 

National Executive Report - July 2018

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Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland

 

NASUWT The Only Teachers’ Union

Happy Summer Holidays

 

General Secretary’s Report

Matters raised included:-

Pay restraint - when will it end? We have not yet got an answer from STRB. This is very late in the day indeed. We have no news for you yet on pay - perhaps the government are preoccupied with something else!

Workload - work life balance is now completely out of balance. The reports of excessive work load literally breaking the will and moral of teachers are now overwhelming. Members need to be supported to say no and gain confidence from our Action Short of Strike Action.

 

National Conference

As you know Conference this year is in Belfast over Easter weekend. Due to travel arrangements deadlines to declare get registered have been brought forward to 28th September 2018. Any member can download the paperwork just go to ‘get involved’ on the national website.

 

Recruitment

RECRUIT RECRUIT RECRUIT - Local Secretaries make sure you get hold of those NQT lists and attend your NQT events. We must get those NQTs into membership.

Dear Inner LoSunshadendon Members

A short report this month -it’s the end of a long year. Chris and I wish you all a restful, fun and

reinvigorating summer break.

We look forward to meeting you all at your local meetings and other events soon.

Best wishes

Chris and Kathy.

National Executive Report - June 2018

NASUWT Inner London

National Executive Report

7th June 2018

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan

 

General Secretary Report

The attack on trade unions from government continues. The government have issued new guidelines on trade union facility time. The guidance is NOT statuary. No local authority are obliged to follow the guidance which could prove even more restrictive in terms of accountability of your elected representatives time than those under which we currently work.

Brexit is a issue that must concern us. It is estimated by the TUC and other bodies that the average UK household will be £900 pa worse off as a result of Brexit. Our working lives will be under threat if the employment regulations and equality regulations we enjoy as a result of membership of the EU were to be got rid of.

Teachers need a pay rise. Teachers need a pay rise particularly in Inner London. You don’t need me to tell you this but it’s worth repeating:- it’s unlikely that a single (not in a partnership) qualified school teacher at the beginning, middle and sometimes nearing the end of their career can afford to buy their own house or flat. Deposits are averaging out at over £20,000 and multiples of income required by lenders are as high as seven times the average teacher’s pay. If a teacher opts to move out to cheaper area the train commute in to the centre to work is similarly unaffordable.

Government has made much of their intention to promote selection through more grammar schools. They are also backtracking a bit on academies. Academisation has not been a resounding success. Local authorities can now begin to open new schools especially ew voluntary aided schools. Faith schools are also being given more leeway when it comes to new schools.

We haven’t yet received results from STRB for this coming year -it’s late. We are now heading into the summer holiday period and can only hope that the Secretary of State doesn’t seek to bring things in through the back door during August. We are vigilant to changes that could be made to pay entitlements in relation to UPS3 teachers and those in receipt of TLR’s - this must be in particular regard to primary teachers. We are hopeful that our fears will not be founded.

Recruitment! Recruitment! Recruitment!

The new three R’s! You will receive a Love Shopping voucher for every member that you recruit. Help your union grow and get a treat into the bargain.

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

Don’t forget to check in at www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk for news and information.

National Executive Report, February 2018

NASUWT Inner London

National Executive Report

February 2018

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan

General Secretary Report

NASUWT are supporting a big TUC demonstration and march on Public Services 12th. May. You will be informed of the details but please put the date in your diaries.

NASUWT have submitted our evidence to the STRB - pay is an issue more than ever. The pressure is on from us to a bigger pay rise than a meagre 1% - our evidence is detailed the case can no longer be denied Teachers Need A Pay Rise. Your pay packet in Inner London since 2011 is 16k light! 

If you suspect that you or colleagues haven’t been paid the pay uplift due last September please let us know as a matter of urgency. We had reported that by and large Inner London employers had paid the 1%-2% minimum recommendations but we have reason to believe there may be some employers who have not done this. Last year academies paid 170 million pounds on consultants and some are arguing about your 1% pay rise!

Pay has potential again to be a secret garden with pay progressions being  refused and increasing so called flexibilities around salaries.

Recruitment! Recruitment! Recruitment!

The new three R’s! You will receive a Love Shopping voucher for every member that you recruit. Help your union grow and get a treat into the bargain.

Monetary shady dealings are endemic in the system. We have reports of parents taking out pay day loans to finance their children to go on school trips. Yet the same schools then ask our members to provide cover while their colleagues accompany the children on the trips.

State education is more and more about the ability to pay for school trips and things like music lessons when the difference between a headteachers’ pay and classroom teachers’ pay gets wider and wider. Academies paying favourite companies to provide services such as cleaning, IT and maintenance - this is public money colleagues not a private slush fund.

Worryingly we have many reports and casework around upper pay scale being refused and holders of UPS3 being instructed to do extra work. UPS3 teachers do not have to take on additional work to keep or get their pay. The words ‘substantial and sustained ‘ still apply and judgement must be non partisan and objective.

Thank you to Members who have voted for National Conference motions online or using the paper inside Teaching Today.

Wishing you all a happy half term break.

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

Don’t forget to check in at www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk for news and information.

National Executive Report - December 2017

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 Dear Members, Secretaries and Activists

This has been a long term and always a challenging one - starting in the late summer and ending in the deep winter.

Wishing you all a restful, and fun holiday however you choose to spend it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Peaceful New Year

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland

 

General Secretary’s Report

The GS spoke about challenges we face across the UK . Reports are coming in from everywhere that many colleagues haven't received the minimum pay award recommended by STRB. Teachers in Inner London have, by and large, received the pay rise. This is probably due to Inner London employers desperately attempting to offset the shortage of teachers. Nevertheless teachers on UPS3 are very frequently being asked to take on more responsibilities and work. Please be very firm - being on UPS3 does NOT carry more workload as an criteria for receiving UPS3 pay.

 Be Sure To Relax Over The Break!

  • Chris Holland asked questions of the GS Report on:-
  • The implications of Brexit particularly with regard to travel plans when booking flights in advance. Those of you who attended our very successful London Conference on November 25th. May have heard Tom Jones from Thompsons Solicitors speak at a seminar on the subject.
  • OFSTED are now not keen on children being ‘taught to the SATs tests’.
  • OFSTED are concerned about the growing pay differentials between Headteacher's, executive Headteacher's and classroom teachers.

 

Your National Executive Members as only three things of you in this report. Enjoy yourselves, carry out the Action Short of Strike Action instructions and very importantly when you meet a fellow teacher RECRUITMENT a fellow member.