Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Executive Meeting: July 2012

The Executive met on Thursday 12th July at Stoke Rochford Hall.

The execuutive stood for a minute's silence in memory of George Wiskin, former Executive member who died recently.

The President acknowledged the long service given by past president  Nina Franklin, who has stood down from the Executive to take up a paid post with the South West regional office.
Christine Blower and Kevin Courtney reported on progress with the campaign and action over pesnions and workload.

It is vital to keep up the pressure to get the vote out in the ballot, and ensure a strong "yes" vote.   We are continuing in discussions with the NASUWT over the of non-strike sanctions we will both be proposing in the Autumn, and there was  a wide range discussion amongst the executive members, which will inform this work.
Christine also reported that we are also talking with the NASUWT on how we can work together on the Appriasal and Capability issue, where our unions have had slightly different positions.
Division Secretaries will be invited to briefings with Christine, Kevin or John Dixon (assistant secretary) in the Autumn Term once the ballot result has been declared.

Christine felt that the TUC Conference in September would be a good opportunity to look at how we can advance our campaign over pensions, working with other unions in the public sector who have not signed up to the Government’s proposals. Christine conratulated Frances O Grady as the TUC General Secretary- the first woman to hold the position.
Christine and Dave Harvey were elected as our representatives on the TUC General Council. Marilyn Harrop was nominated to take up the union's post on the English Speaking Union.
Forced academisation continues apace- and the landscape will be very different next term.
Christine recalled that Labour education spokesman Stephen Twigg had once said that "Troops to Teach is a populist nonsence" which is why she was suprised by his announcement about setting up miltary academies.
She warned us that we are only somewhere between 12 and 20% through the government's proposed cuts- and reflected on reports of children relying on food banks for breakfast.- the cuts are savage and hitting the poorest in society. 
Christine has been speaking at the National Pensioners Parliament and many other meetings, including the regional young teachers' event in Leeds. She also attended a dinner for Labour Friends of Palestine- with a focus on child prisoners in Palestine.
The NUT delegation has made its oral submission to the School Teachers Review Body.
Christine will be speaking at a Guardian conference on innovation in education, and an event organised by the TES. .
In other business, Jerry Glazier reported that following meetings and intervention from ACAS, the Nottingham City Council have moved away from plans for a five term year. NUT members took a number of days strike action in pursuance of this.
Alex Kenny drew attention to the phonics screening test- which had been "everything we had expected" ie. a dismaying and dispiriting experience for teachers and children alike. Over 3,000 repsonses had been received by the union, with many teachers asking the union to consider action such as a boycott.
A general motion from Annette Pryce and Mandy Hudson recommitted the union to its positive work in equality and representation, and pledged the Union to "share our good practice will colleagues in our local area to help them continue to further champion the cause of unrepresented groups"

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