Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Special Executive: March 2012

There was a Special Meeting of the National Executive on Thursday 15th March.

The meeting considered the detailed responses to the Survey of members regarding the pensions dispute. Members had overwhelmingly endorsed the Union's position to not sign up to the Government's pension proposals, and remained willing to take action (including strike action) to defend their pension.

A report from the Officers proposed a number of ways to continue the campaign, including consideration of further strike action. This would commence with a one day strike of NUT members in the London Region on 28th March.

The discussions included a number of other options, including making the 28th March a day of national strike action, or making clear that the intention was to involve the other Regions of the Union in action on different dates in the future (rolling regional action)

In a good natured and well informed debate, I voted against the proposal for national action on 28th, but spoke and voted in favour of ensuring that the London action would be followed by bringing other regions into the action at a later point. It needs to be made absolutely clear that the London members are not being asked to take a stand alone- and that we are still very much in a National dispute.

We need to maintain dialogue with our sister unions- especially those who have not signed up to the Government's Heads of Agreement, and make clear that we are willing to co-ordinate and co-operate with action.

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