Campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy

We have received a message from the Assistant Secretary, Greenwich NEU (NUT) re “Building support for our campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy”. (See below for a copy of that message.)

Charlton Park Academy strike appeal. Photo of picket.Your Secretary, Peter Smith, immediately sent a message of solidarity and support on behalf of Newham NEU members and has circulated the news and request for support to our local GMB branch, He will also raise the request for a donation at the next local meeting of our union.

Charlton Park Academy strike appeal. Photo of picket.The events in Greenwich highlight Pay & Conditions issues that will concern teachers in academies across the country. Your ability to pay your rent and feed your family will be undermined if no action is taken.


Please read more about the issue.

Charlton Academy strike leaflet
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Please help by raising donations.

Donations collection form
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Continue reading Campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy

NUT Greenwich Fights Redundancies at Plumstead Manor.

Newham Teachers’ Association has made a £50.00 solidarity donation to the Greenwich GMB branch strike fund & wishes them success in their continued justified industrial action, with the support of Greenwich NUT, to stop threatened compulsory redundancies they jointly face at Plumstead Manor.

Greenwich, Plumstead Manor, PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3

Read the story behind the strike over Plumstead Manor redundancies.
The situation is a result of School Cuts & could be repeated anywhere.
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
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Message from Greenwich NUT:

“You may be aware that we are currently involved in an important dispute to fight cuts at Plumstead Manor with the loss of up to 27 posts. The NUT and GMB have already taken three days of strike action and have called another four days to ensure that we minimise the effects of cuts in the school.

You can send messages of support to the Rep Orkun Ari at”

Social to raise money to fight school cuts

Poster for Greenwich Social 05/05/2017
Poster for Greenwich Social 05/05/2017

Tickets in advance
£5 waged / £1 Concession
On the door – £6.50 / £2
Friday 05/05/2017 19h00
Blackheath Newbridge Club
22 Charlton Road

Poster for social (organised by Greenwich NUT, GMB & Unite)
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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.


Kevin Courtney video about the strike:

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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.

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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.


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.

Please return your NUT Strike Ballot Paper

This short video explains why teachers are saying ‘enough is enough’ and that now is the time to take action.

Please return your NUT Strike Ballot Paper and vote YES.

If you have not already done so, following the NTA’s recent email request, you can help our association by informing us that you have returned your Strike Ballot Paper using our survey: NTA Survey

Building for the strike ballot remains the priority

We remain in dispute and building for the ballot remains the most important and urgent priority.

Nicky Morgan has said nothing to resolve our dispute. Real term cuts in funding will have major effects on schools and teachers, whether academy or maintained. They will further erode terms and conditions, increase workload and impede pay progression for teachers. As more schools become academies, the coverage of the national STPCD and Burgundy Book will narrow and these protections will gradually wither away.

We will ballot members in all schools and academies for “discontinuous” strike action, and intend to call a one-day strike in early July and to announce additional autumn term dates as well. The ballot opens on Monday 23 May and will close on Wednesday 22 June. We need a big turnout and a huge YES vote.

Education White Paper banner. Tell Nicky "No".
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Members’ Meeting 12/05/2016 – Oppose The White Paper

NUT Members’ Meeting
17h00 to 18h30
Lister Room, East Ham Town Hall; Refreshments available.

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Reserve your place: Attend Event

The climb down by Nicky Morgan and the Government does not mean the end of the Strike Ballot. Our pay and conditions, along with the future of education, are still threatened.

Our meeting on Thursday 12/05/2016 goes ahead as planned and your attendance is as vital as it was before.

Members’ briefing by Martin Powell-Davies, NUT London Regional Secretary.

We still need to build our strike ballot

Please make sure a member from your school attends to report back!

Kevin Courtney, NUT Deputy General Secretary says “Teachers: your pay & conditions are at risk.”

Why the Strike Ballot must continue Download [▼] – Correspondence between Kevin Courtney, NUT Deputy General Secretary, & Peter Smith, Divisional Secretary NTA Newham.

Hands holding word solidarity.

Further info:

A copy of Newham Refugee Poetry Book 2015/16 will be available for all attending, ready for the NTA’s Refugee Poetry Competition

The latest video, about the London Recruits book being turned into a film, will be on display.

(First posted 09/05/2016, updated 11/05/2016)