Professional unity

Professional Unity

Unity is Strength

It’s no secret that professional unity has been a hot topic at the National Union of Teachers for many years. A union is only as strong as its membership and incorporating the majority of teachers into one union would result in a louder, more persuasive voice when championing the rights of school staff and students. Bringing together the National Union of Teachers with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to create a new union is a natural progression in the quest to provide the most effective and efficient means of representing all education professionals.

Vote Yes

The ballot of members opened on 27 February and will close on 21 March 2017. You will receive a postal ballot asking you to vote on whether the NUT and ATL should join together to form a stronger, more effective union. We want all members to vote in this ballot and we urge members to vote YES to this positive development that will make our voice louder. If you do not receive a ballot paper, please ring 0207 3806300.

A joint video message from Kevin and Mary.

Interview with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted

We sat down with Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, to find out more about the amalgamation of these two unions and what it will mean for members. Both were keen to share their thoughts on why the time is now to join forces and how teachers everywhere will benefit from a strong unified profession.

Building the ballot

It is important that as many members as possible vote in the ballot on amalgamating with the ATL. Below we list six simple steps we’d like you to take in your school:

  1. Speak to as many colleagues as possible about the ballot. Explain to them that a new amalgamated union will make the voice of the profession stronger and more effective.
  2. If possible, call a meeting in your school to discuss the issue, and to make sure that colleagues have updated their personal details with NUT HQ.
  3. Ensure that all literature, posters, stickers and other materials promoting the ballot are displayed and distributed in your school/college.
  4. Recruit all non-members. Now is the time for colleagues to join together in one union!
  5. Once the ballot papers are dispatched (27th February) ensure that colleagues have received their ballot, and that they fill it in.
  6. Discuss with the ATL rep in your school or college the possibility of a joint meeting for members.

The ballot of members on the proposed amalgamation with ATL will take place from 27 February to 21 March 2017. The Union has appointed the Electoral Reform Services (ERS) as independent scrutineers for the ballot. The ERS contact details are

Electoral Reform Services
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
N8 0NW