The meeting reappointed Bernard Regan (London Executive member for over 25 years) and Judith Elderkin (former National President) as Trustees of the Union for a five year term.
Christine Blower reported:
We had a good presence at three party conferences- holding fringe meetings on What is Education For ? Past President Mariliyn Harrop congratulated the staff on the stands in the exhibitions at all of the conferences- particularly at the Lib Dems, where we appeared to be the only trade union stall.
Christine noted that we had seen a really good and visible presence at the TUC Lobby of Conservative Party conference in Manchester- over 60,000 people marched to support the NHS.
We have had a letter from Michael Gove stating that he is committed to resolving the dispute, but also stating that the Government's position on Pay and Pensions is “fixed”. He also makes no reference to the issue of employment conditions: where Gove's submission to STRB is a full-on attack on most of the protections afforded to our members !
|(c) Paul Hermann, taken from NUT |
National website (see link)
Gove has rubbished what he calls “the blob” of the educationalists who have criticised his round of endless testing- these include many eminent professors of education and poets such as Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy- basically anyone who disagreed with him- accusing their criticism of being “vapid clichés”
Christine reported that the action in Wales has been suspended, due to constructive dialogue with the Welsh Assembly Government. They are still expected to be part of the National action, as a number of the issues we are in dispute about are not delegated to the Welsh Assembly from Westminster.
Christine also noted that the NAHT has now formally requested to affiliate to the TUC, and, in line with the motion proposed by me in June, we will be supporting their application (this assumes, of course, that they will be following the rules and protocols of the TUC)
In other business covered in the meeting:-
- The Executive agreed the Union's submission to the DfE Consultation on Assessment and Accountability in the Primary Phase. I will post a link to the document here as soon as it is on the NUT website.
- The Executive reluctantly agreed to recommend the Sixth Form Colleges pay offer of 1% as the best that could be achieved through negotiation.
- We agreed to respond to a TUC consultation on the definition of "young workers" in the unions, and agreed that the principle should be that this should reflect the definition of young members in individual affiliates' rules.
- There were discussions about the consultation around proposed changes in governance for the Teacher Support Network. It was clear that the Union will want TSN services to remain for teachers supporting teachers, and that any governance arrangements reflect the fact that the majority of monies received from bequests ad other income is from NUT members.
- It was agreed to send a delegation to a reception of the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group being hosted by John McDonnell MP later this month. I was elected on to this delegation.