Frequently Asked Questions for NUT Representatives and Members - Spring Term 2014
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Key facts for NUT Reps and Members
The NUT has announced the next steps in our campaign to get Michael Gove to back down on his attacks on teachers and the education system.
We’re asking all members to:
- Join a leafleting campaign aimed at parents and the public in every town and city - to help engage parents in the defence of education.
- Take part in influencing Parliamentary candidates in every marginal constituency and beyond - to ensure every prospective MP understands the depth of teachers’ concern and presses Michael Gove to settle his disputes with teachers.
- Prepare for strike action in state schools, academies and sixth form colleges across England and Wales on March 26th - to demonstrate to politicians, parents and the public the degree of anger among teachers
Michael Gove has suffered a defeat over his proposals to de-regulate working conditions. But so far nothing has changed on the existing unacceptable conditions many teachers are suffering. The next stage of the NUT’s campaign involves the steps above and a day of strike action on 26th March 2014. This day of strike action should be seen in the context of the other steps above and will demonstrate our members’ anger about the way they are being treated and the consequences for the education service. The NASUWT National Executive met on 14 February and took the decision not to take strike action alongside us.
We will continue to seek meaningful talks with the Government to seek to avoid the need to take strike action. .
This document offers advice and guidance on the most common questions about strike action and action short of strike action. More detailed briefings on the issues involved can be found on the NUT website at: www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/protect-teachers
Any questions about the NUT’s action should be directed in the first instance to your local NUT secretary whose contact details are on your NUT membership card.
Our joint action short of strike action which began in autumn 2012 continues alongside the NASUWT. It is sending a clear message to the Government that attacks on our terms of employment and our professionalism are unacceptable. Our strike action in June and October 2013 demonstrated that teachers are also willing to support strike action to defend the profession. Now, with Michael Gove continuing to refuse to meet us to seek to resolve our dispute, we are obliged to resume strike action in order to force Mr Gove to start to negotiate seriously with us.
NUT representatives are playing a vital role in making the campaign a success. In every school, academy and college, NUT representatives should:
- attend any local NUT representative meetings;
- organise a members’ meeting in your workplace about the next phase of the campaign;
- Contact reps from nearby schools and colleges to discuss how to build for the strike;
- organise members to take part in a locally organised leafleting campaign;
- continue to organise members to take part in action short of strike action; and
- recruit any non members to the NUT.