Save The Old Spotted Dog

Local union colleagues have asked us to circulate information on this community campaign in East London

The Old Spotted Dog ground is London’s oldest senior football ground and has a great history. It has been home to Clapton Football club since 1887, it also signed England’s first black football player, Walter Tull in 1908 who went onto play professional football for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town.

Situated in Forest Gate, Newham, the ground provides a community space for one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse boroughs in London. The current fan base is based on a strong anti sexist, anti racist and anti homophobic ethos and does lots of work in the community e.g. organises regular foodbank collections, works with local schools, worked with local residents to clear fly-tipping from the grounds of the Old Spotted Dog public house, raised funds for Newham Action on Domestic Violence and helped to launch a successful appeal for funds for ‘Paris’, Newham’s only LGBTQ youth group.

You can follow the progress of the campaign through the following twitter account @SaveTheOSD

In 1985 during the teachers’ pay strike, our union branch held a mass rally at this football ground. In the early 1990s, the “Newham Needs” campaign (in which our branch was a lead player) and the NJTUC held a rally there.

ACAS Dispute – Please Support Pickets

PCS members working as conciliators at ACAS began action short of strike on Wednesday 25 April which will include no obligation to undertake any reactive or proactive work on fast-track early conciliation cases or employment tribunal cases.

The dispute centres on imposed changes on staff, including the downgrading of conciliation work and increases to already heavy workloads. Conciliator members are trying to manage the unmanageable as a result of a restructure programme has been running for two years.

The planned action also includes a one-day strike on 11 May and a 2-day strike on 6 and 7 June.

How you can show your support

Send messages of support to
Support pickets on the 11 May and 6 and 7 June
1. Acas East of England – Forest Heath District Council Offices, College Heath Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7EY.

2. Acas London – Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JJ.

3. Acas South East – Civic Offices, 1st Floor, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.

Message from:
Sharon Leslie
PCS London, South East and Eastern Regional Secretary
Campaigns and Parliamentary Department
Tel: 020 7924 2727 ext. 2138
(Received via TUC)

May Day 2018 at the Marx Memorial Library

May Day 2018 at the Marx Memorial Library
Visit the Library AND join the May Day demonstration

Logo for Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School. White letters on Red background. Black and white simplified drawing of library.1 May, doors open at 10am, and close at 3pm, with last tours starting at 2.40pm
37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU
The MML will open its doors to free May Day short feature tours; visit the room where Lenin worked in exile 1902-3 and have a peek at our displays including NUM plates and the original International Brigade British Battalion banner.

Art print of Marx with hammer and sickle behind.Experience the feature tour of the Library and pick up a bargain at one of our stalls. Take a break for refreshments before or after joining the traditional May Day march which starts at Clerkenwell Green, right on our doorstep!

Marx Memorial Library

Reminder: Our Branch Is Now Called NEU Newham

On 1 September 2017 the National Union of Teachers (NUT) amalgamated with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to form the National Education Union (NEU).

The National Education Union brings together 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders across the UK, to form the largest education union in Europe.

As Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, says: “The National Education Union gives us a powerful voice to stand up for students, our members and education to make a real and profound difference from the off.”

Locally, you will also see a change to the appearance of material you receive from Newham Teachers’ Association – The association is now known as National Education Union, NUT Section, Newham.

Logo for National Education Union, NUT Section.National Education Union logo.

Opposing Academisation – Warwick Mansell’s Blog

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Marketised Education System

Warwick Mansell’s latest blog offers a brilliant summary of the main reasons to resist the expansion of the academy programme. In it he sets out the seven fundamental problems inherent in trying to force a public education system to function like a market. Please read and share widely.

NEU Officers’ eBulletin

Opposing Academies In Newham – story so far

Victories against academisation in Newham
NEU members and parents campaigning to stop a
Newham primary school from becoming an academy
have achieved a historic victory. It seemed that
governors at Keir Hardie Primary School would vote
for conversion on 19 April but, in the last week of
term before Easter, parents were sent a letter saying
that the governing body would not proceed with
academisation. The decision came after a series of
strikes by NEU members and strong and united
opposition from parents. During the strikes
previously non-union support staff and supply
teachers joined the NEU and membership tripled. Continue reading Opposing Academies In Newham – story so far

In Conversation with… Professor Steven Haines…17th May

Thursday 17 May 2018, 18.15-19.30 NEU – NUT Section, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced that the UK Government is signing the Safe Schools Declaration. Signing the Declaration is evidence of the UK’s political commitment to protecting students, schools and teachers during armed conflict, and was the key ask of the Send My Friend to School campaign this year. The task is now to monitor the implementation of the Declaration. This event will be an opportunity for audience members to learn the importance of the Declaration from Professor Steven Haines, the author of the International Guidelines for Protecting Schools from Military Use during Armed Conflict. Participants will also hear more about the Send My Friend to School Campaign, including how they can get involved. Click here to secure your free place at the event.

Resource to Support Teaching Migration in Schools

The Runnymede Trust has developed a website presenting the often untold stories of the generations of migrants to the UK and celebrating the richness of contributions made, and lives lived, by Britain’s many migrant groups.
It is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain. There are classroom activities, lesson plans and lesson activities.

From NEU Officers’ eBulletin