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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Look on www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk for all your NASUWT Inner London news and information.

National Executive Report, September 2016

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland


Membership Report 280210 members this August. Considerably up on same month last year. As always our motto must be 'Recruit, recruit, and then recruit!'

Welcome back, we hope you have enjoyed the summer and the glorious weather in London.


This summer has seen an unprecedented list of changes in the world of politics. Many of the changes will impact on education form Brexit to the newly announced back to future policy of grammar schools. NASUWT will keep our members abreast of the impact of the possible impact of these changes to teachers' working lives. In the first instance I asked the General Secretary to mentor the effect of new grammar schools on our members in primary schools who might find themselves in a more pressurised environment due to any eleven plus examinations that may be instigated etc.
NASUWT have had relatively positive relations with the new PM Teressa May whilst she was in local government and in the Shadow Cabinet. At first her take on equalities looked more encouraging but this may have been a false positive in the light of the grammar school announcements - watch this space.
Government accepted our recommendations on pay that we put to the STRB. This was good news but we do need to be vigilant. Although it is great that employers will not be allowed to demote members on UPS3 we need to watch out for those who find reasons not to pay the 1% across the board or not on TLR's. Any move not to pay out on TLR's will be challenged legally by us. I asked the GS if she thought that our members would stomach a further year of a paltry 1% pay rise. Chris Keates replied that this was now a huge issue and Government will be challenged if in 2017/18 this austerity pay uplift remains in place.

Those of you who are responsible for one of the thirteen local associations in Inner London please remember it is now time to contact the Regional Centre and get your annual letter with all your meeting dates, drafted, agreed and posted to all your members at their home addresses.

Please let Chris Holland and I know when your local association meetings will be. Remember that generally Chris and I will be in Rednal on the first Thursday afternoon/ evening and all day Friday of every month during term time.

Remember to talk to your members about attending National Conference and ideas for conference motions. National Conference in 2017 is over the Easter weekend and will be held in Manchester.

Do contact Chris Holland and with any workplace issues you or your members may have.

Look at the Lewisham website that has lots of news about Lewisham and all Inner London together with a useful link to the national site and other websites www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk

Be careful out there!
Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan

National Executive Report November 2016

Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan National Executive Members for Inner London (D23)


Membership - 284,693



General Secretary's Report
Our membership is holding firm. Be aware that in the light of the proposed 'merger' of ATL & NUT some teachers may be seduced by the prospect of a very large union. NASUWT remains THE ONLY TEACHERS' trade union - great selling point colleagues.
Local Secretaries need to be on the ball when it comes to your trade union facility time - beware the combined forces of ATL & NUT - they are hunting in random now!

Don't forget the deadline for getting local association motions in for consideration by standing orders for National Conference agenda is midday on 21st. November. Lewisham Association have agreed motions on the effect of Brexit on education and teachers and selective education and the re-emergence of grammar schools.

Please remember colleagues that you can still encourage members to attend National Conference - look on the national website for details.

Chris Holland and I have attended general meetings in:- Lewisham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. We are looking forward to attending meetings across D23 - let us know when and where.

We are now in a post Brexit and USA election world. We can not pretend there will not be fall out. Our most pressing concern is the possible dilution of workers rights post Brexit. Unions must lobby for involvement in discussions with government on trade union, employees and workers rights at work and in all our workplaces.

Please do not hesitate to contact Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan with all workplace worries and concerns.

Make sure to keep up to date by looking on www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk
All NASUWT Inner London and national news can be found here. If a local association would like to post an item on the site e.g. Your meeting schedule etc please contact Kathy Duggan.
Also do publicise the website with your members.

Best wishes
Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

National Executive Report October 2016

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

Membership - this month 208,350076 up by 3,066 from this time last year.

NASUWT had a high profile at the TUC in Brighton in September. All the members of our delegation spoke to Congress. There were a variety of subjects including the impact of austerity which I spoke on and the motion was very largely carried.
NASUWT attended all the major political party conferences - or will do where these have not yet been held.
The Conservative Party and the Labour Party conferences this year both had their own challenges for trade union attendees. Colleagues will be very aware of all the in fighting. I am very pleased to report that the NASUWT fringe meeting at the Conservative Party and Labour conferences on discrimination against women in the workplace had queues out of the doors.

Thank you to all Local Secretaries who have arranged to have your associations annual letter sent out to members. Chris and I will endeavour to attend as many local association meetings as possible. The time has come to set your annual budgets and think about conference representatives and conference motions. Lewisham Local Association will be considering conference motions on:-
•    The NASUWT's role in putting pressure on government during the Brexit negotiations to preserve workers and equality legislation and rights.
•    Segregated schools and selection in education.

Add Training, Training, Training to Recruitment, Recruitment, Recruitment as watch words for the month!
Please try to make sure that all your Reps and yourselves are trained to the required standard and or above.
We are short of Benevolent Visitors there are training courses at our regional centre on 19th May and 14July  2017 - book your places now!

It comes as no surprise to any of use that our industry is becoming more and more fragmented and privatised. Contrary to popular belief the situation in Inner London is not as dire as elsewhere. However NASUWT represent all members everywhere and we must continue to do so. Some academies do not pay in to the facility time pot held be local authorities. This doesn't mean that we do not go into these workplaces to support and represent our members. Collective issues can be dealt with usually outside contact time and employers can be asked to hold casework meetings at the end of the school day.
Every local secretary must be involved with their local authorities on and review and divvying up of facility time. DO NOT LEAVE THIS IN THE LAP OF THE GODS or for that matter the other teacher unions! You snooze you lose!

Keep in touch and don't forget to reserve your place at our Greater London Regional Conference on Saturday 26th November to be held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury.

Look on the Lewisham website for up to date news and press releases on all things Inner London and national NASUWT www.nasuwtlewisham.org.uk

Best wishes and we do wish you all a happy half term break.

The price of equality is eternal vigilance.

Kathy Duggan
Chris Holland