National Executive Report - July 2018

During the month of June there were 137 National, regional and online pieces of media coverage. The stories included strike action being taken around the country, including the North East in Washington. The Welsh Conference, in particular the motion on social media mentioning upskirting and down blousing. There was also online coverage regarding pay in Scotland.

We have worked with the Daily Mirror on the cost of education in relation to school trips. One school had on their accounts showed a profit of £49000 on school trips, this is scandalous.

Over the last few weeks secretaries and Reps have been receiving posters to put up in school. These have been on pay uplift, performance management and gained time. Also some up to date advice on excessive temperatures, this has been one of the most popular website visits.

In England and Wales we still have not had the STRB Report, this is now over 2 months late. We know that the DfE have it and we are concerned, as they have said they are working on it.

July the 6th was National Mesothelioma Day, since 1980 over 300 teachers have died of it. This could be well more than this as after the age of 70 it is not recorded as that. We continue our campaign that all asbestos is removed from schools.

National Executive Report - June 2018

Over the Month of May there were 49 National, regional and online pieces of media coverage. They appeared in The Guardian, BBC online, Mail on Sunday, The Scotsman and many local newspapers. This included various strike action in schools around the country, the lack of men in certain teaching roles and our school buildings survey. The most visited news item on our website was a press release about how the abuse of competency and disciplinary procedures is creating a climate of fear in schools. We had excellent coverage of the Scottish AGM.

The Deputy General Secretary, Patrick Roach, praised our members around the country who have been taking industrial action and strike action. Also those who had been balloted in further action that didn’t result in strike action.

At the TUC rally we had a significantly better turnout that the NEU, about 5:1 ratio and compared extremely well with other unions. The Press were very sympathetic on the event.

We’ve talked with Labour about the expansion of Academies, the billions of money unspent, the funding crisis, the fat cat pay in Academies and their National Education Plan.

We discussed the issues on the current government and BREXIT plans that is taking time away from other issues. However they haven’t taken their eye off Trade Unions. They have produced a report on Cabinet supporting guidance for the Trade Union Facility Time Requirements Regulations 2017, we have issues with this. The Bank of England says there is more insecurity around BREXIT on top of austerity, families are already on average down  £900 per year. The GDP has again been down forecasted.

In Wales it seems the government are adamant on putting teachers terms and conditions out to public consultation. We will continue to argue against this when they consider this from September, we are looking at our options if they do.

In Scotland, the GS was there speaking to the STUC about the many issues we have with the EIS teachers union, especially when we were taking industrial action. On pay they have been offered 3% backdated to April, then 2% in September. This is nowhere near enough for us.

In England, met with Damian Hinds, we discussed our issues regarding our trade dispute, also our Valued Worker Scheme, he was interested in this. We still not had the STRB report, it was due at end of April. It is with the Secretary of State, we are concerned that he may be adding other measures that are not being consulted on.