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Dear Colleagues

1. CAMPAIGN TO STOP TTIP AND CETA


TTIP SignAs you may be aware the NASUWT has supported for a considerable amount of time the campaign to stop TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), particularly in relation to education.

Supporters of the TTIP claim that it is designed to remove regulatory ‘barriers’ which restrict the trade in goods and services (including education and health) by transnational corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

However, these ‘barriers’ include environmental regulations, employment rights, food safety standards, use of toxic chemicals, and privacy laws. These ‘barriers’ to trade also include banking safeguards introduced as a result of the 2008 global financial crisis.

Education and health services, medical services (including midwifery and physiotherapy), dental services and many other areas of public service are included in the TTIP negotiations. The implications of this are very concerning and could lead to further privatisation of public services, and make it harder to return previously privatised public services to public control.

The NASUWT is concerned that the effects of TTIP would have profoundly detrimental consequences for schools and colleges. It is clear that it would undermine the public service ethos of state-funded education, open the door to schools being run for profit, and increase the costs to governments and taxpayers as a result of the constraints that would be placed on governments to prevent them being able to act fully in the public interest.

The NASUWT, along with EI partners, is therefore calling on the Coalition Government and other governments across Europe to ensure that public services, including education and health, are excluded from the TTIP and that an alternative European trade policy is developed putting public interests before the interests of big business.

As a consequence of this campaign, the NASUWT has lobbied national and organisations on this issue, we would therefore ask you to join this campaign and press for the removal of education and healthcare from TTIP.

What you can do to support the campaign

  1. Sign the petition and get more information at www.nasuwt.org.uk/TTIP
  2. Write to your MP using the NASUWT provided tool at www.nasuwt.org.uk/ContactYourMP
  3. Share this link with colleagues, family and friends.

 

2. CAMPAIGN TO STAND UP FOR SCHOOL

Woman holding RISE #UpForSchool signEducation International (EI) has recently launched a petition for teachers to sign standing up for school on the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - a defining moment in history, when for the first time, all children around the world were viewed as human beings with their own set of rights, including the right to a quality education.

The campaign acknowledges that although there has been progress over the past 25 years, it is still the case that there are 58 million children out of school and there are increasing attacks on schools and school children and teachers across the world in schools.

This was also one of the main reasons why the NASUWT was so involved in Education International’s Unite for Quality Education campaign over the last year: As a consequence the NASUWT are actively supporting a new global call to action –the #UpForSchool petition.

This petition is designed to put pressure on world leaders to get children into school in 2015, as promised as a result of the Millennium Development Goals. The petition is therefore designed as a final push to get leaders to keep to their promises.

The NASUWT encourages as a many teachers, parents and students as possible to join in this important campaign.

What you can do to support the campaign

 

  1. Sign the petition and get more information at www.nasuwt.org.uk/upforschool
  2. Write to your MP using the NASUWT provided tool at www.nasuwt.org.uk/ContactYourMP
  3. Share this link with colleagues, family and friends.


Best wishes


Dr Patrick Roach
Deputy General Secretary

New Service for NASUWT Members

As part of the NASUWT’s commitment to members to deliver the highest quality of service, the NASUWT has now introduced a new Member Support Advice (MSA) Service which will operate from 8.00am to 6.30pm on weekdays.

The MSA service will deal with all requests from members for information, advice and support. Assistance is literally only one phone call away.

The MSA service number is 03330 145550. This number is free from all landlines and mobile phone with inclusive minute call packages.

It may be easier for busy teachers to email their queries and so there is also an email address which is .