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

What all teachers look like when the final bell rings for Christmas break!National Executive Report December 2017

 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.

 

 

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
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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