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)

No to the Coup in Brazil 23/05/2016

No to the Coup in Brazil. Poster.
No to the Coup in Brazil. Poster.

EMERGENCY RALLY: No to the Coup in Brazil, Democracy SOS!

6pm, Monday May 23, Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8TN

You can reserve a place here and invite friends on Facebook here

  • With: Nara Filippon, ‘Democracy for Brazil’ (Brazilians’ campaigning group in the UK) Brazilian Workers’ Party representative
  • Dr. Francisco Dominguez, Department for Latin American & Brazilian studies, Middlesex University
  • Tony Burke, Unite The Union Assistant General SecretaryLindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
  • Chair Jayne Fisher, Vice-Chair, SERTUC International Committee

Levellers’ Day Commemoration Saturday 14/05/2016

Taking place in Burford on Saturday 14 May 10.30 to 3.30

Levellers' Day 2016 Poster
Levellers’ Day 2016 Poster

10.30 outside Burford Church with the Commemoration given by the Revd Professor Mark Chapman

The Sea Green Singers will sing

Parade from the church to the Burford Recreation Ground (with Cry Havoc Morris) for stalls, refreshments, music, dancing.
The Debate: (Un)Civil Liberties, with

John Rees Stop the War Coalition and People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Adrian Arbib documentary photographer

Chair: Megan Dobney SERTUC

Pitches are available for non-commercial organisations whose aims are consonant with those of the Levellers Day Committee, £25


Info courtesy of my colleague Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary, Southern & Eastern Region TUC.

SERTUC is the TUC in London, the South East, and East of England.

Friday 13/05/2016 Seminar: Civil Liberties and Religious Freedoms

Levellers' Day Poster.
Levellers’ Day Poster.

Levellers’ Day Commemoration Seminar –

Civil liberties and religious freedoms: from the Levellers to today

Alvescot Lodge
OX18 2PY

The meeting will be hosted by communications union CWU at its training centre in Alvescot and will start at 8pm. Attendance is free, but is limited to around 60 people so registration will be necessary – please register at

There are a few rooms available for Bed & Breakfast on Friday 13 May at the Alvescot training centre at £38 per person. Book at

Levellers' Symbolic Image.
Levellers’ Symbolic Image.

Welcome Trish Lavelle
Speaker Revd Professor Mark Chapman
Speaker Dr Ariel Hessayon
Chair Megan Dobney




Information via my colleague, Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary, Southern & Eastern Region TUC. SERTUC is the TUC in London, the South East, and East of England.

Trade Union backing for London Recruits

Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, and Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary have joined other prominent trade unionists from the UK movement to explain their support for the London Recruits film and show why it is vital to bring this story to the big screen.

Trade Union backing for London Recruits from London Recruits on Vimeo.

See to help make this movie happen in 2016.

Reminder: 12/05/2016 Important meeting for all members

Update: This meeting is still on. The government climb down does not mean we can relax.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 from 17:00 to 18:30 (BST)

The White Paper. A threat to us all.
The White Paper. A threat to us all.

East Ham Town Hall
328 Barking Road
E6 2RP London
United Kingdom

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Attend Event

This is an important meeting for all members in Newham.

The governent’s white paper proposals have the wrong priorities, are undemocratic, lacking in evidence and a threat to all school staff in every type of school.

Come along and hear from the London Regional Secretary, Martin Powell-Davies, and others to understand why you need to support the upcoming ballot for action against the government’s damaging proposals.

Refreshments will be provided – please register your interest,
Attend Event ), come along, bring other members and even recruit new members. We need to send a clear, strong and unified message that teachers, school staff including Headteachers and many parents, governors and councillors oppose the plans.

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Next week! 12/05/2016. Important meeting for all members.

Update: This meeting is still on. The government climb down does not mean we can relax.

East Ham Town Hall. 17h00 to 18h30.

Find out what the Government’s proposals mean for you and why we need you and every member to understand and support the upcoming ballot.

Let us know you are coming – Refreshments provided: 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Many People Hands Holding Red Word Stronger Together Blue Sky.
Stronger together.

Workers’ Memorial Day Rally 2016 – Report by Keith Turner


I attended Workers Memorial Day on 28 April, an annual event held to commemorate those killed at work or from industrial diseases. Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments or in tragic ‘accidents’. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t a priority. Continue reading Workers’ Memorial Day Rally 2016 – Report by Keith Turner