National Executive Report - July 2017


 

NASUWT

The Only Teachers' Trade Union

Inner London National Executive Report July 2017

Inner London website:- www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland your National Executive Members

Dear London NASUWT

Our thoughts again are with London teachers who are on the front line supporting and educating London children and students in the wake of the recent fire tragedy in Kensington. It's our teachers who play a key role in guarding against division and healing in our communities. NASUWT are always here to support you. Local Secretaries must make sure that fire safety in school and colleges is on their own joint consultative, local authority agendas.

Best wishes

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland National Executive Members NASUWT Inner London

General Secretary's Report.

We still await the outcomes from the School Teachers’ Pay and Review Body. You will have seen arguments within Government about the public sector pay cap. NASUWT are the only union to have this question in our pre election mailings and communications. It has never been more important to follow the Action Short of Strike Action instructions. This is what will protect members against the impact of budget cuts in our schools and that affect on workload and job security.

Action Matters.

NASUWT Inner Lewisham continue in consultations with Forest Hill School in Lewisham ,on our workload dispute continue. Sister unions are striking - we are talking - we are doing better.

Your National Executive Members spoke on:-The amalgamation of ATL & NUT resulting in the new union called NEU (National Education Union) this is NOT an exclusive teachers' union like the NASUWT. Our job is to recruit, recruit, recruit and recruit again - remember the slogan 'NASUWT the ONLY Teachers Union'. Please be sure to get the dates of NQT induction events to take place in your local authorities in the autumn term - then attend those events - you can order recruitment materials from Rednal and they can be delivered to the event venue.

Please let Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan know in good time about your meeting dates. I will place National Executive meeting dates on our website www.nasuwtlewisham.or.uk so that associations know when not to call their meetings!

Please enjoy your very well earned summer holiday. I would say ‘Here comes the sun’! - Londoners a have been sweltering at work for weeks already - perhaps ‘bring on the pool, shade, iced drinks and rest’ is a better idea.

Best wishes

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan

National Executive Report - June 2017

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland NASUWT National Executive Members for Inner London 

NASUWT

The Only Teachers' Trade Union

Inner London National Executive Report June 2017

Inner London website:- www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland your National Executive Members

Dear London NASUWT

Your National Executive meeting the morning after the night before on 9th. June! Very exciting election night. We don't yet know how a hung parliament will look for us or how it will impact on teachers' working lives. Watch this space and make sure you check in to www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk and our linked Facebook page on that site. Our thoughts are with London teachers who are on the front line supporting and educating London children and students in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks. It's our teachers who play a key role in guarding against division in our communities. NASUWT are always here to support you.
Best wishes
Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland National Executive Members NASUWT Inner London

 

General Secretary's Report.

NASUWT won a high court case preventing employers from deducting too much money from teachers' salaries when they take strike action.

We have still not received the STRB report despite putting in our excellent evidence it's a victim of election purdah. On pay matters generally our case for a decent pay rise has been hampered by other trade union extreme publicity about school budget cuts - employers are believing that they can't afford to pay us properly or worse need to make us redundant!

 

Action Matters.

NASUWT Inner London are in negotiations with employers in Greenwich and Lewisham - we have successfully avoided strike action - keeping it as a powerful option - and brought employers to the table with remarkable success. Our Action Short of Strike Action has been reinvigorated in Greenwich schools and at Forest Hill Boys School in Lewisham. Other unions failed to achieve anything at all for their members by taking days and days of strike action they have now walked away - NASUWT are there now doing the heavy lifting to benefit all our members and by default their members too - perhaps they are in the wrong union!


Your National Executive Members asked questions on:-The amalgamation of ATL & NUT resulting in the new union called NEU (National Education Union) this is NOT an exclusive teachers' union like the NASUWT. Our job is to recruit, recruit, recruit and recruit again - remember the slogan 'NASUWT the ONLY Teachers Union'.

Please let Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan know in good time about your meeting dates. Local Secretaries - Please attend the Greater London Regional Committee meeting at the Regional Centre 10am 30th. June. These meetings are important strategic meetings to plan our activities in Greater London. If we are to up our game with recruitment, equalities etc then communication with each other is key.

Best wishes for the summer term.

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan

 

National Executive Report - April 2016

NASUWT National Executive Report.
22nd. April 2016
Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan
Keep up to date with ALL your Inner London NASUWT news local and national by logging on to https://www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk/



Membership this month is 273,816. Up on this time last year.

Treasurer's Report

The National Treasurer reported that the Annual Financial Report was passed by Conference at Easter. The full report can be found on www.nasuwt.org.uk


General Secretary's Report

Since Conference there have been face to face discussions between our General Secretary and Nicky Morgan the Secretary of State for Education. We have ongoing and successful industrial action which is  continuing to support members. The NUT - national union - (albeit continuing to work fairly well in patches across England) are not really working in partnership with us. Contrary to their publicity there is no legal industrial dispute over forced academisation - a  change of employer, therefore detrimental pay and conditions, is a dispute and is covered by our existing ballot. This was the view belatedly arrived at by the NUT legal team but their activists continue to say they are building for a day of action in May - it remains to be seen how effective this might be.
Certainly there is much to gained in our favour from the public row between the Tory cabinet, some of their backbenchers and local council members. It is unlikely in the wake of arguments from various parties including us that the Chancellor's ill judged pronouncements on schools included in the budget will sail smoothly through unscathed or un altered.
Our action short of strike action is something I have escalated to strike action in Lewisham and we successfully defeated the academisation of three school in the Local Authority.
There is not the legislation in place (at least not before the next Queen's speech) for any school to be forced to take the status of academy. What has been removed is the necessity for consultation on the progress towards taking academy status.
There is nothing new in the White Paper. We knew about all of the issues and many of them have been in our sights to dispute for a long time. Most affected by the announcement by George Osbourne in the Budget are our Primary Sector members. The majority of Secondary Schools now have academy status. Primaries have, thankfully not,  for various reasons, been so fast to convert. Our members in Primaries are or may be worried about their jobs and pay and conditions. There is a Primary Members' Conference tomorrow in Birmingham and there will be a full report from that available. Inner London is markedly different from other Districts. We have a strong very left wing NUT presence. This does not necessarily translate directly into teachers action - mostly they talk a good game and then are no shows on the day due to the liberal use of their conscious clause. Indeed people present at their meetings building for one day of action are often not even teachers! Beware the hidden agenda folks!
Your NEM's will seek to escalate to strike action when and where appropriate and necessary. However do our members want or need a national strike? If so what do they think we will achieve on one day in May?
However your General Secretary and I have decided to produce and distribute some London specific materials to inform our members on the implications of the White Paper and other current issues affecting teachers at work in London. We are very aware that Inner London can often appear to be an independent city state. So true and completely as it should be! Government's funding proposals are crucial to our schools. There will be cuts to most schools in our cities and the much publicised better funding packages for schools in rural and coastal areas will not gain as much as may be hoped. Either way funding will remain problematic.
 One thing that seems to have ducked under the radar is the White Paper pronouncement the end of QTS as we know it. Head teachers will be given the power to succeed a teacher to QTS or not. This will plainly result in abuses of power.
Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

National Executive Report May and June 2016

Membership in June 2016 275537 conference membership an increase that we need to build on


May and June's Executive meetings have been largely taken up with discussing NASUWT's responses to the Education White Paper.

There are several aspects to these discussions - not least the changes to funding arrangements and albeit the 'not quite a U turn' performed on the forced academy policy as announced in the budget.

Schools budgets are coming in and are greatly diminished in London. Cuts to education funding and shortage of teachers particularly in maths and science is a situation that cannot be sustained whilst maintaining the high standards Inner London teachers are accustomed to.

We are due shortly to receive the report back from the STRB. There has been discussion around the notion that it might soon be possible to move upper pay scale teachers down the pay scale. Executive are largely agreed that any such decision by Government will result in a call to strike action by NASUWT. Pay is an increasingly problematic issue for our members having suffered an effective pay cut for the last six years.

I am delighted to report that Southwark and Lewisham have activists elected to the BME, SEN and Women's National Advisory Committee.

To keep in touch with all matters NASUWT Inner London look on https://www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk/

Keep in touch with your National Executive  Members

Best wishes
Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

National Executive Report July 2016

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland National Executive Members for Inner London

Membership in July 2016 277,182 - significantly up on same time last year - survey found this was due to the NUT strike action.



The General Secretary's Report

Lots of talk about the Referendum result which was to be expected. Concerns were raised about increased reporting of racists incidents as a result of Brexit. This is something we must be vigilant about and respond to quickly and effectively when these incidents are directed at or affect our members.

The NUT action.
We are not taking strike action in 5th. July. NASUWT have a different and more effective strategy . We have been in Action Short of Strike Action since 2010 and continue to be so. We do not need to re ballot to escalate our action to strike over pay and conditions of service. The NUT turnout for their ballot would have been something that may have made the NASUWT consider their position. Apparently in Inner London they are going to bring down the Government on July 5th - I think that ship has sailed! However in the spirit of solidarity do not carry out the work usually done by a colleague taking strike action.

We continue to wait for the STRB report. We suspect the advice might contain the possibility for employers to move teachers down the upper pay scale and not necessarily applying any pay rises across the board. NASUWT will take a definite view when we know more - watch this space for a call to escalate to strike action!
Those of you who need a bit of a refresher on the Action Short of Strike Action - so that you clear about what you and your colleagues can do or not do and still be protected under the ballot.

The word of the month has to be 'RECRUIT'. Be ready for the new term - make sure you know where and when your NQT events are in your LA's. Rednal will provide and deliver NQT packs to any venue. If you can put yourself forward to do the 'Why do join a union' talk. Make sure all your reps and contact people in schools are ready with details to enable prospective members to join us. Be ready to give details to colleagues who do not want to take strike action with the NUT - they need a union home too - may as well be the best one the NASUWT.

Please remember to send out your annual letters if you are a local secretary. The Regional Office will do this for you. All you need to do is provide them with the dates of your local association meetings. It is important that most of your meetings are quorate. There are tips for achieving a quorate meeting on the national website. If you would like to speak with me about quorate meetings and ways of achieving this please contact me at

Do give some thought now as to how many members your local association would like to attend National Conference - this year at Easter in Manchester (issue brollies!). Paperwork will most likely be issued centrally this time. First timers who fall into an underrepresented group e.g. BME or young members are centrally funded. Our aim is to be inclusive and encouraging. You can always contact the staff at Rednal for help. Hotel accommodation can be booked online and with the assistance of the staff at Rednal.

In closing I want to wish you all a wonderful summer holiday no matter what you will be doing - ranging from DIY to hiking in South America . Have fun - be safe. See you soon.

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland NASUWT Inner London
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