NUT submission to STRB June 2013
Here is the NUT's June 2013 submission to the STRB which opposes Michael Gove's attempts to remove many of teachers' key non-pay entitlements such as PPA time and limits on cover and overall working time and his wish to see further "flexibility" in relation to leadership pay, TLS payments and safeguarding.
The NUT and NASUWT agree joint strike strategy
Click here for theNUT /NASUWT checklist on school pay policies. The checklist sets out the minimum requirements for an effective pay policy and is entirely consistent with the revised statutory provisions for teachers’ pay due to take effect from 1 September 2013.
School Pay Policies Nut Briefing On Position Of Teacher Governors
This NUT briefing note sets out advice on teacher governors' entitlements to take part in discussions on school pay policies. Teacher governors are NOT in the NUT's view precluded from taking part in such discussions at governing body or committee meetings by their employment status or perceived financial interests.
The NUT and NASUWT held a joint press conference today (18 March) to announce the next stages of our joint campaign:
- First strike date set for 27 June in the North West of England
- Rest of England and Wales to strike in rolling actions before autumn half term
- All England and Wales national strike before Christmas
- Also plans for public rallies, model pay policy and escalation of action short of strike
- Michael Gove can avoid the strikes if he listens to our reasonable arguments
We will also be undertaking lobbying and escalating our action short of strike action.
Our joint strategy aims to:
- Stop the destruction of our national pay system
- Say 'no' to a pension age of 68 or higher
- Stop attacks on our working conditions
The strikes do not have to happen. We know that for teachers strike action is always a last resort. Our profession is under such threat that we now need to take this stand. The rallies we are jointly organising will show that many parents and school governors support us and oppose Michael Gove's destructive policies. We have made clear that Michael Gove can avoid this action, however so far he has refused to engage seriously with us.
Please email your MP now about the threats to our national pay system.
There has never been a more important time to get involved in the NUT. To tell us you’d like to get involved or let us know that you’ve been elected as an NUT rep, click here
Also, please see the following information:
Our joint NUT/NASUWT press release of 18 March can be found here
The latest joint NUT/NASUWT letter to Michael Gove about the dispute and what he has to do to avoid the strikes is here
A joint NUT/NASUWT letter to Leighton Andrews is here
For our “Ten reasons why you should oppose Michael Gove’s plans for your pay” document, click here
For “Ten reasons why Michael Gove is bad for our children’s education", click here
Pensions loss calculator - to see how much you will lose, click here
Pay loss calculator - to see the effects of the pay freeze and inflation, click here
Tell Gove he must listen
The NUT Executive on 28 February reaffirmed its commitment to taking further strike action, if necessary, to protect our pensions, pay structure, and working conditions. The NUT is engaged in discussions with the NASUWT about continuing our campaign through joint strike action. More information on these discussions will follow soon.
The NUT remains committed to resolving our dispute. Michael Gove must end the constant attacks on teachers and their damaging consequences for teacher morale. The Government must reconsider its decision to increase the pension age to 68 or even higher and increase pension contributions at a time of a pay freeze. They must also drop proposals to dismantle the current pay structure, impose school based decision-making and impose PRP on all teachers.
Please click here to email your MP to say that Michael Gove’s position is unacceptable and that he needs to listen to teachers and enter into negotiations on these crucial issues.
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Government attack on our pay system confirmed
The Government is pressing ahead with its plans to tear up the national teacher pay system and with its damaging changes to our pensions. Michael Gove wants to dismantle the national pay structure and introduce performance related pay for all teachers. The new School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document will be published at the start of the summer term and governing bodies will begin to adopt new pay policies.
This is a moment of extreme danger for our profession. The longstanding national pay system is being broken up, taking away teachers’ legitimate pay progression expectations, on top of the attack on our pensions.
Without progress through negotiation, strike action is inevitable. Unions can not stand back when their members are threatened in this way.
- Download the latest Union briefing on the Government’s pay proposals here
- Michael Gove says he doesn't know what the NUT wants. This Reps Bulletin suggests ten changes which would raise morale. We are ready to negotiate on any and all of these changes
- For our full "Ten reasons why you should oppose Michael Gove’s plans for your pay" document, click here
- Go here to download a PowerPoint presentation to be used for School Reps briefings
- Go here for FAQs on the Government’s pay proposals
For the NUT's response to the STRB’s original report on teachers’ pay click here.