Date change: London Pay Demonstration now 17/10/2017

Important news:

The date for the London pay demonstration and rally has been MOVED FROM THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER to TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER.

The reason for the date change is that, at the same time as we have been planning our demonstration, the TUC nationally had also been developing plans for a national Lobby of Parliament around the same issues for the following week.

The organisers of the London Pay Demonstration have agreed that, rather than try and build two events in successive weeks, we should join forces with the TUC to send a powerful and united message to the government to scrap the pay cap and that we deserve a pay rise.

With unions working together regionally and nationally to build the day, this can be a significant event that can help add to the pressure that is clearly now building on the Government.

Further details and a new leaflet will be sent out as soon as possible but we hope it will be a similar route and start-time, allowing school staff and others to attend the rally after work and to be joined by those who have also travelled to London to attend the TUC Lobby that is being held during the day on Tuesday 17 October.

Teachers’ Pay Petition

Important message from Kiri Tunks, NUT Vice-President:

“The announcement by the govenment of yet another inadequate pay award is an insult to teachers everywhere and one we will need to build a coordinated response to.
In the meantime, we have started a petition demanding the government rescinds the decision and makes a properly funded pay offer. Please sign and share widely to help build momentum behind any action we decide to take.”

https://www.change.org/p/greeningj-parliament-uk-pay-teachers-properly

NTA Secretary, Peter Smith, has already signed and requests members to do the same.

Public Sector Pay – Petition

Going to Work banner, from the TUC.

Message received from TUC campaign activist:

I’m a firefighter, based in Plymouth and the government has been holding down my pay for 7 years. They’ve done the same to my colleagues and to everyone who works in the public sector.

That’s 7 years in which our pay has risen by less than inflation, or by nothing at all. But prices haven’t stopped rising in that time, and inflation means my wages are worth over £2,000 less than they were when the coalition government started in 2010.
Can you help by signing my petition?

Continue reading Public Sector Pay – Petition

‘Britain Still Needs A Pay Rise’ – Rally

MONDAY 17 JULY – ‘Britain Still Needs A Pay Rise’ TUC RALLY IN CENTRAL LONDON
This rally has just been announced after discussion amongst public sector unions about co-ordinating campaigning over public sector pay.
The time of the rally has been announced as Monday 17 July, 5.30pm – 7pm and is likely to be in Parliament Square although that is to be confirmed.

After the 1st Strike Day….

The NUT says:

Tens of thousands of NUT members rallied and marched against funding cuts and for better terms and conditions.

NUT says "Invest, Don't Cut".
NUT says “Invest, Don’t Cut”.

With thousands of schools affected or closed, the strike drew national attention to school funding. After days spent trying to avoid the issue, Nicky Morgan was finally forced to try and defend the Government’s position.

We gained the support of parent groups, political parties and sister unions including the BMA. 6,000 teachers joined the NUT in the week leading up to the action!

Strike day and demonstration widely supported.

The NUT held a hugely successful strike day on 05/07/2016. The NTA contingent was one of the biggest. Many thanks to all NTA members who supported the strike and especially to those members who attended the demonstration. We need to ensure that our schools are defended, together with teachers’ national pay and conditions.

Thanks to Iain Hale and Miriam Scharf for the photographs.

NUT one-day strike – Tuesday 05/07/2016

A massive demonstration has been organised and will take place in London.

  • Assemble from 11h00, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA (outside BBC)
  • March 12h00
  • Rally from 13h30 in Parliament Square

Nearest tube station: Great Portland Street.

Please circulate details amongst your colleagues.

Resources:

Kevin Courtney video about the strike:

Share video link:  https://youtu.be/LJDK2fG5t8I

Flyer for Demonstration
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March & Rally pdf flyer. An A4 version and some A5 copies will be mailed to schools. The regional office is also e-mailing details to all members.

Facebook: Events page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1592799037684512/

Parents Leaflet
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To give out to parents explaining why we are going on strike – there are two versions in the pdf download file, one which has space to add details if they want to organise a meeting, the other has information on how parents can support us. Please feel free to use these locally.

 

Urgent Appeal For Stewards:

We wish to identify six colleagues from your association who can act as stewards for the day – this will help us make sure we have a well organised march and rally and are able to deal with any media scrum should any celebrities turn up. Please inform the NTA President.

Mail to:president@newhamteachers.org.uk

Please Email Your MP

Photo of Kevin Courtney
Kevin Courtney

Please email your MP.

Appeal by Kevin Courtney, Acting NUT General Secretary:

Help your MP get the message – enough is enough

 

Earlier this week I wrote to all MPs. The NUT’s message explained the harm that funding cuts are having in schools, the threat to teachers’ pay and conditions and why the Union is standing up for education by balloting for industrial action.

This message will have much more of an impact if MPs now hear from lots of their constituents reinforcing the points the NUT has raised nationally.

We have provided a template email, which you can personalise. It will only take you a few minutes to email your MP.

If you haven’t already done so, please do use your vote in the NUT’s ballot and vote YES for education, your profession and your pay and conditions.

Thanks in advance for your support.