National Executive Report December 2016

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

Membership Report over 286061 - up on last year.

NASUWT THE ONLY TEACHERS UNION


Deputy General Secretary's Report

Executive took a moment to share our good wishes to our General Secretary Chris who is unwell. Chris will recover and return to work in the New Year. I'm sure that you all join with National Execu-tive in wishing her a swift recovery.

Inner London have sent our good wishes to NASUWT Northern Ireland where members have taken very well supported strike action in support of their pay. Members in Northern Ireland were denied even the paltry 1% recommended by the STRB but with held by their devolved government.

Colleagues you may notice that our newer to teaching members fall into the - horrible phrase - JAM's - new teachers are just managing, teachers where they are the only wage earner in a family are just managing, teachers in Inner London's vicious housing market are just managing. The new reality for many teachers is an impossible household budget to balance. One further step towards industrial action over pay? Get back to me on that.

Members will by and large had their appraisal targets by now and usually the first tranche of ob-servations. Casework resulting from unobtainable imposed targets and unpleasant meetings fol-lowing observations will be hitting your inboxes. Remember colleagues some of these cases have potential for us to escalate the Action Short of Strike Action.

Local Secretary's news flashes:

 

  • Make sure you looked carefully at the new paperwork for AGM's - it has been tweaked you may need to speak to our Regional Organiser for clarification.
  • Are sure that as Negotiating Secretary you have put evidence in to your Schools Forum uphold-ing our case for de-delegation of trade union facility time.


It remains for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way to the bar! Kathy and Chris It remains for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way to the bar!
Kathy and Chris

National Executive Report - May 2017

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

NASUWT

The Only Teachers' Trade Union

Inner London National Executive Report May 2017

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

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland your National Executive Members

You will be pleased to know that Chris Keates our General Secretary, having been absent from work for reasons of ill health for a while, is recovering and has returned to full time work.

Funding cuts to our schools are a massive concern. As a result there are a great number of staffing and curriculum reorganisations in process across Inner London. NASUWT are consulting and negotiating to protect our members' pay and conditions of service and working hard to protect our members' jobs. We have escalated to strike action in Lewisham and Greenwich and as a consequence been able to temporarily postpone that strike action pending successful talks with employers. NASUWT are in the business of protecting their members we are not in the business of using our members to further political campaigns.

We enjoyed a successful NASUWT National Conference over Easter in Manchester. Inner London National Executive spoke on EAL Funding and Escalation of Action Short of Strike Action to Strike Action. Both motions were carried unanimously. Delegations from Hammersmith & Fulham, Southwark and Greenwich attended Conference with the President of Southwark Omolo Johnson speaking well from the podium. Inner London NASUWT National Executive Members organise the Greater London NASUWT Reception on the Friday evening at National Conference. This year we were well attended again and everyone enjoyed the event, meeting up with old and new trade union friends and colleagues.

We now face another general election. It is impossible to predict the precise outcomes for Inner London. NASUWT remains unaffiliated to any political party and remain neutral. Our overbidding political concern for our members is the retention of workers rights in the wake of the Brexit negotiations. Our members are workers. It is easy for teachers to imagine that they are excempt from changes to workers' rights - this is not the case. Don't forget you go to work at a school - you do not 'go to school' that's what kids do!

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan

National Executive Report March 2016

National Executive Report
March 2016
Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan
National Executive Members NASUWT Inner London (District 23 AKA D23)
National Membership for March 2016 – 272,539 which is 1,000 up on March 2015

Dear Inner London NASUWT
Welcome to the first National Report for some time.
Happy Easter to you all.
Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland
Treasurer’s Report
The National Treasurer presented our annual financial report to Executive which will go before National Conference. This has been an expensive year for us and this is reflected in the accounts.
NASUWT have been running several escalations of our Action Short of Strike Action together with providing a second to none our excellent service to our members.
General Secretary’s Report
We have run and continue to do so successful disputes. Best results come when we say we will run a dispute and then don’t need to because employers return to the table in the wake of the threat of strike action.
 The Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan, publically acknowledges the work load issues that plague our members. There have been some helpful remarks about marking policies for example. However NASUWT point out that unless these remarks are made into policy. Applied to school leaders then school leaders and other employers might not take a jot of notice.
Inner London local authority schools have as far as we know paid teachers the 1% pay rise payable last September together with the 2% for teachers at M6. Academies and Free Schools also seem to have paid the recommended uplift. If anyone reading this has different information please let us know. The situation is not as good across the rest of the country.
We have grave concerns over the government proposals on school funding. Government intends to cut out completely local authorities from the funding stream to schools. Together with the intention to diminish school funding in Inner London compared with the shires there are serious implications for our members and the children they teach. Changes as outlined by Government’s fair funding initiative will eradicate once and for all the link between local trade union facility time and the money to pay for it so that will be under threat.
National Conference
NASUWT’s National Conference will be held in Birmingham this year and begins on Good Friday finishing on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. Both Chris Holland and I will be there together with representatives from Greenwich, Southwark and Hammersmith and Fulham. It is a shame that not more local associations from D23 are being represented but to keep you in touch I will be blogging and I will send the link as soon as it’s established.
Contact us
Please contact Chris and I to tell us any local issues that you need Executive support for and also to tell us when your local meetings will be so that we can try to attend.

Kathy Duggan 11.3.16