NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2005
EID MUBARAK...EID MUBARAK...EID MUBARAK
TLRs - NOW IS THE TIME TO INTERVENE
By December 31st all schools are required to review their staffing structures and to provide a timetable for the movement of staff from being paid Management Allowances to being paid TLRs. Schools are required by law to consult with staff and unions on their proposals.
If you hold a Management Allowance, and you cannot see a post in any revised structure to which you could be assimilated, please contact us. We need to be able to intervene at this stage, while the new structures are still in draft form.
In any school where pay cuts are threatened the NUT is prepared to ballot for “sustained” strike action. Schools in Halifax, Huddersfield and Hull have already requested indicative ballots.
The NUT is the only union taking this stand as the others have compromised themselves by signing up to the Government’s package.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
If you haven’t yet voted in the National Officer Elections, please support:
Ian Murch, Secretary of Bradford NUT, for Treasurer.
We also recommend first preference support for Sue Kortland for Vice President, + Baljeet Ghale and Jane Nellist,
and for Ken Cridland and Alison Palmer for Examiners of Accounts.
PENSIONS VICTORY FOR PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS
The Government’s climb down on public sector pensions is a victory for trade unionism and a reminder of what determined, well-argued and united action can achieve. The victory is a result of the collective strength of teachers, health workers and civil servants. That strength comes through a high level of unionisation.
The campaign to protect pensions, however, needs to continue in order to give support to new teachers about to enter the profession. A reduction in the pension benefits of non-teaching staff in schools, and of some NUT members working in LEA support services, are still threatened.
Campaign Teacher is a newspaper supported by 55 local associations. The November issue, sent to schools with this Newsletter, contains articles important to classroom teachers including Pensions, How to defend yourself against the new management structures, Pupil behaviour and Academies. See your School Rep or the Union Noticeboard for a copy.
UPDATE ON COLLEGE DISPUTE
Determined NATFHE members at Bradford College are fighting on in their long running dispute over pay. Four weeks ago lecturers went out on strike for two days – the strike was solid, the picket line well-supported, and there was a mood of optimism that the solidarity shown will win pay justice.
Central to the dispute is the attempt to gain parity with school teachers. A further strike of colleges across the country is planned for later this month.
The NUT’s objections to Academies were made very clearly to the Council’s Education Scrutiny Committee on October 6th. The all-day meeting was called because some councillors on the Committee, along with the three teacher reps, felt that the discussion of Academies in Bradford had taken place in some secrecy.
In addition to Dixon’s CTC which has already become an Academy, and to Bradford Cathedral College which is on the road to Academy status, it was revealed at the meeting that two other schools are definitely being considered and a third will join them if planning problems for a new building can be ironed out. The first two schools are Rhodesway and Carlton Bolling College, the third is Wyke Manor.
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