Our march to lobby the council was a success

Updated 02/03/2018 – see below..
Report: March to lobby the council 26/02/2018 – Opposing academisation.

March to oppose academies 26/02/2018. Demonstration prepares to move off.March to oppose academies 26/02/2018. Demonstrators move off.

There were an estimated 200 people on the march – parents, teachers, and local community members.


Louise and Carel and parents addressed the full council meeting.

March to oppose academies 26/02/2018. Demonstrators move off.NEU Secretaries or Presidents from Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Greenwich, and Waltham Forest attended in support of NEU Newham.


The campaign to oppose academisation had a significant victory on Monday night. The council passed very clear amendments opposing academisation.

The wording of amendment 2.1 passed by Newham council on Monday 26th Feb, both Robin Wales and mayoral contender Rokshana Fayaz voting for it, reads:

‘This council resolves to call on all governing bodies who are considering academisation to halt all steps towards academisation until and unless there has been a binding parental and staff ballot, conducted by an impartial body such as the Electoral reform Society. If the ballot votes No to acdemisation then that outcome must be accepted and implemented.’

The NEU will be sending the letter attached to all chairs of governors, all heads, and all NEU reps. All councillors have been emailed asking them to implement this resolution.
NEU Newham letter
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March to oppose academies 26/02/2018. Demonstrators move off.We have heard back from Cllr Abdul Muhit to see if a postponement of the academisation of Nelson, Vicarge, Elmhurst and Gallions can be halted. Please get in touch if you want support at your school to oppose moves to academise.


Many thanks to all the NEU members, neighbouring NEU branch representatives, local parents, and community supporters who participated in the march. Our thanks also go to local council members who listened to our views.

Action to oppose academisation

There are coordinated strikes across Newham today, 22 February, to oppose academisation, plus a lobby of the council on 26 February.

Opposition to outsourcing and privatisation is growing —workers have the power to win.
At Avenue school, strikers held a two-day strike recently, an escalation from previous one-day strikes.
Cumberland School NEU members also held a strike recently.
NEU members are balloting for strikes at Shaftesbury School and Keir Hardie schools in the borough.

Emergency NHS demonstration 03/02/2018

Message sent to the NEU Newham Secretary:

We’re very pleased to announce that the Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror are the latest to come on board and officially back the emergency NHS demonstration next week.

Tens of thousands will march for our NHS next Saturday in an emergency demonstration called by The People’s Assembly & Health Campaigns Together. The demonstration will demand an end the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget and a commitment to increased funding each year.

Emergency Demonstration – NHS in Crisis: Fix it Now

Saturday 3 February, 12pm Gower Street London, March to Downing Street

Everyday from now until the demo they’ll be running stories on why the NHS demonstration is so important including interviews from the front line, details of the route and speakers, quotes from organisers, union representatives, celebs and more.

Why are you marching?
We’re asking for people to send in a short quote (under 100 words) about why they’re marching and what the NHS means to them – we’ll include a selection of quotes in the Mirror and use others on our website and on social media. Please also include a headshot of yourself in the email. Send these to: office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

How you can help:

Invite your friends & share the Facebook event

If you want leaflets / posters you can download and print from our website,

Please email office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk to arrange this.

Pass this model motion

in your trade union branch, CLP or campaign group if you have a meeting before the weekend.

Other exclusive stories and interviews will also be run in the Morning Star newspaper who have always backed our demonstrations, protests and been central to the anti-austerity movement. Keep an eye on their website and paper for details.

In case you missed it:

“Blood on their hands”: NHS protesters shut down road outside Parliament targeting May, Hunt and Branson

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

The NEU Newham banner will be on this demonstration.

Anti-Austerity Demo 21/11/2017 18h00

Message from The People’s Assembly:

London Demo
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday 21 November

Opposite Downing Street

The Government will outline their spending in the Budget. The People’s Assembly is calling for protests the day before Phillip Hammond announces it to demand the Government scrap their plans for Universal Credit, to close tax loopholes and force the tax avoiders to pay their fair share, to end the public sector pay cap with an increase above inflation, and to make sure our public services are properly funded.

At all of the events across the country, we are also collecting food for foodbanks so they are stocked to deal with the fallout from the Universal Credit crisis and the continuing drop in living standards this Government is responsible for.

Anti-fascist Demo 12noon 4th November Bromley North Train Station

Message received from Bromley Trades Council via TUC:

Anti-fascist Demo 12noon 4th November Bromley North Train Station

The fascist splinter group, Britain First are aiming to march in Bromley, on Saturday 4 November. This is due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at Bromley police station every week. The two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.

Britain First split from the British National Party (BNP), however their fascist politics are clear. Unfortunately the far right internationally are growing, in Britain they try to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn.

Local people do not wish these fascists to march in Bromley. including Bromley Momentum, Bromley Trades Council, Bromley & Chislehurst CLP and UAF along with other groups are asking people who oppose the odious, hate filled ideas of these Nazis’s and to come out and join us to oppose them and there views on Saturday the 4th of November, 12 noon at Bromley North train station.

Justice Now! Make it right for Palestine 04/11/2017

Assemble 12noon at Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch in London

For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.

Join us on Saturday 4 November to make it right for Palestine!

Full details HERE

End the Pay Cap leaflets distributed

Keith Turner and Miriam Scharf ( Life Members) distributed several hundred End the Pay Cap leaflets to travellers at Stratford tube station on 13/10/2017 to publicise Tuesday’s Pay demo.

The aim was to brief the public on the TUC / NEU “End the Pay Cap” demonstration & rally on 17/10/2017

Thanks to Miriam and Keith for all their work.

Please support the End the Pay Cap event on 17/10/2017.

Assemble 17h30 opposite Downing Street
March, via Department of Health, Treasury & Department of Education, to TUC rally outside Parliament.

Leave school together for Downing St. – or join later outside Parliament.

Slide from NEU Powerpoint presentation with the words "Pile on the pressure to scrap the cap".

Sign up to lobby your MP

Message from National Education Union:

NEU logo & NUT logo, & "Sign up" in words. All from NEU email.

School funding is facing its biggest shortfall in a generation. Along with ASCL and NAHT, we have written to your head teacher to update them on the funding campaign and to request their support.

To keep the pressure on, your union is working with other unions to build a national lobby of Parliament on 24 October.

Sign Up

Please talk to your head teacher and members about how your school can support the lobby.

The nation’s schools have had to cope with years of cuts. 88% of schools still face real terms budget cuts per-pupil. School cuts is an issue the Government simply can’t ignore.

We need your help to make this lobby a huge success, and to remind every MP, face to face, that school funding is an issue that won’t go away.

What should you do?

Sign up to lobby your MP. This will email your MP for you. You don’t need to do anything else apart from get to London.

Circulate the lobby sign-up link to members in your school, and encourage them to sign up and spread the word.
Check Schoolcuts for the latest figures on how your school is affected.

We hope to see you in London on the 24 October.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary

NEU page footer from emails. Words "Together we'll shape the future".