Happy New Year
In the next couple of weeks, the ‘independent’ School Teachers’ Pay Review Body will publish its recommendations for next September.
Mr Gove has proposed
- NO LUNCH BREAKS or PPA
- NO RESTRICTIONS ON HOURS OR DAYS – so schools can have longer days & shorter holidays
- Teachers to do cover & invigilation again
- The removal of restrictions on administrative tasks
Gove wants schools to have no restrictions, on top of …
- Attacks on pay & pensions (causing a 12% real terms pay cut, which is more than other public servants; pay rises harder to earn)
- Constant criticism by the government & OFSTED over the quality & the commitment of teachers (usually using inaccurate, misleading, & unreliable evidence)
- Ever increasing demands on teachers & constantly changing targets, curricula & exam regulations
So what good did the strike do ?
The strike on Oct 1st in Yorkshire, combined with the other regional strikes (built on the foundation of our Action Short of Strike Action), was well supported and very successful in putting pressure on the government (who had tried to influence the media to either prevent publicity about the action or to bias reports & articles in favour of the government’s view). Solid support among teachers and the public forced Gove to agree to meet to discuss our concerns – leading to the cancellation of the possible national strike before Christmas.
However, Gove as ever was being disingenuous & his offer was just a PR exercise for the media – he then offered to meet with us & the NUT but not to discuss pay & pensions, and to include in the meeting other unions who have not been in dispute, including management unions (remember, management pay rules have not been changed) and other non-union teacher organisations supported by the DfE, so there may be a national strike soon to force his hand again.
WHAT WILL YOU DO ??????
- A) Stand up for the education system and your profession
- B) Say you can’t afford to strike (can you afford not to ?)
- C) Leave it up to others or the union (you are the union so get involved – see AGM notice)
- D) Give in & say it won’t make a difference (which will make a difference in itself by reducing the impact of the strike – so say goodbye to lunchtimes, holidays, etc)
What has my union done for me ?
Our current pay and conditions were fought for by NASUWT & other unions, helping make teaching an attractive profession to join and stay in. Unions have worked over the years with previous governments to improve conditions, negotiate levels of pay that attract good quality entrants and reward & retain experienced teachers, and to improve our work-life balance.
This government have been attacking all of these, and what little work-life balance we have that is next in the firing line. All members are affected, and all need to be involved in the process of defending our profession
How many of you love to teach but are being beaten down by the ever-increasing and unrealistic demands made on you, by the repeated attacks on the status of your profession, and by the feeling that your commitment to your profession is being abused ?
If you could, would you leave teaching for a job where you had a proper work-life balance – or is your ideal option to stay in teaching & be treated with the respect your skills and efforts deserve ?
Stand together & fight !
Wakefield NASUWT AGM 12th February 7pm at Holiday Inn, Ossett, Junction 40 M1 Free bar meal for all attending
CHANGED SCHOOL, ADDRESS, EMAIL ??? Please make sure we have your up-to-date personal details. You can do this on the NASUWT website – we need to know of any changes of addresses, schools, phone nos., email, etc.
A recent survey by an independent polling company found that :
Last year nearly half of teachers considered quitting
- 41% say job satisfaction has decreased in the last 12 months
- Concerns are workload (79%), pay & pensions (66%), changes or reforms in the curriculum (59%) & school inspections (51%). 86% say workload has increased in the last year
- Teachers love most about their jobs : seeing children learn and progress (91%), interacting with pupils (90%) and making a positive difference (83%);
- 68% say they enjoy their job and 62% feel a sense of accomplishment, but about a third say both have decreased.
- 77% say their workplace stress levels increased last year.