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Horror as NEU in deep crisis as Labour slams belligerent leadership for putting children at risk

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Luvsskiing, May 14, 2020.

  1. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    People are different these days. They expect to be treated badly. They know that unions are now not favoured by many major MATs etc, so to protect their jobs they may feel they have to leave the union. That's appalling and will only lead to a more exploited workforce. People are taking a more selfish view of things. It just means more of us are treated poorly.

    We are currently being asked to work in schools while Cornovirus levels are still much too high. This is not safe. Many teachers cannot wear masks if they want to. Edapt won't be of any use to you in these situations.
    Morninglover likes this.
  2. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    So most of your colleagues are either not members of unions or are members of ones that don't do anything, and that's somehow the NEU's fault? Did your rep contact the regional office for support? We had someone come out to meet with us in a matter of days, and told us pretty bluntly that strike action was the only option, and he was right.
    strawbs likes this.
  3. jcaulfield

    jcaulfield New commenter

    More a case of ineffective representation at the school unfortunately. The rep did contact the regional office. Still no strike action. SMT has done what it can to undermine or frustrate a coordinated response. Even getting SMT to acknowledge a VRA existed was difficult.

    Not only that, but there is a lot of nest-feathering and at the school. Without more assertive representation, it would be difficult to get the staff to agree on anything.
  4. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    I'm sorry to hear that. It's very frustrating to be in that situation. So much does depend on good school reps.
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  5. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Strike action - in my experience - is very much a last resort as the law now makes it difficult to ensure a legal strike, and even more difficult to make it work in a school where a union has relatively few members or few who are keen to take action.
    jcaulfield likes this.
  6. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    No need for the tautology... :D

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