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Discussion in 'Education news' started by JL48, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    About time as far as I'm concerned. (see here)

    Can't believe that the NASUWT is still playing up. I guess their officers want to keep their cushy jobs.

    The sooner there is only one strong unified voice, the better it will be!
    petenewton, wanet, Anonymity and 3 others like this.
  2. WJClarkson

    WJClarkson Occasional commenter

    I completely agree. United as one we stand more chance of having our voices heard. It's also important that we strike when we are given the opportunity because if we're not ready to take action now, will we ever be?
    wanet, Owen134866 and Landofla like this.
  3. NQT1986

    NQT1986 Occasional commenter

    Brilliant idea-how do I sign up?!
    Landofla likes this.
  4. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    I'm ready to sign up, strike and whatever else need be!
  5. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Anonymity and JL48 like this.
  6. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    What are we striking about?
  7. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    Very sad. United we stand!

    I might get shot down for this, but I also think that they should take the word 'union' out of the name. The Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association are both effectively unions, but sound so much better than "Nation Union of Teachers", which makes us sound like we're led by Arthur Scargill in the 1980s. It's all about presentation.
    wanet and NQT1986 like this.
  8. WJClarkson

    WJClarkson Occasional commenter

    Perhaps I worded that a little incorrectly. I should have said "if we are given the opportunity..." I hope that we strike about forced academisation, though the strike may never come to fruition.
  9. vinnie24

    vinnie24 Lead commenter

    If I was in the NASUWT I would be changing union pronto. Hopefully people are doing that as I type (speak).
    NQT1986 likes this.
  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    If every NASUWT member who wanted a single union resigned and joined the NUT then perhaps that might force the NASUWT hand to combine
    petenewton, wanet, JL48 and 3 others like this.
  11. vinnie24

    vinnie24 Lead commenter

    The strike should be about forced academisation. This of course will also cover pay and working conditions without explicitly saying so and would avoid upsetting the public (not that that would matter in my book) who think we work 9am until 3pm with mega holidays to boot.

    From what I can tell , It looks like the public are supportive of teachers on this issue.
  12. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    None of the bright ones think that teachers work so few hours. I'm not saying they are all bright though.
  13. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    A big problem regarding combining unions is getting the extreme wings of unions such as the NUT and AMMA to agree on anything much at all.
    wanet likes this.
  14. WJClarkson

    WJClarkson Occasional commenter

    That is an example of the power we have. We may not have a lot of power to change the government's decision, but if we use the power we do have effectively then we can achieve good results. In this instance, by everyone joining the NUT, other unions would be forced to merge / close leaving us with one Union and ultimately, one powerful voice.
    vinnie24 likes this.
  15. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    I fear that it may be a case of rats in a bag - the membership too, if they were asked to stand up for themselves and take any action at all.
  16. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    But who will provide the backbone, given the historical viscerally-frit nature of English state school classroom teachers (with a few honourable exceptions.)
    schoolsout4summer likes this.
  17. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    "Super-union" Sounds great.

    "NUT + ATL" .............................. Errrrrrrrrrrrr.....
  18. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    I joined the ATL specifically because it wasn't the NUT.
  19. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    It has been tried before. Same problem then. I would also have a new name that removes the word union.
  20. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    The new union would also not be the NUT.

    Rather important if we are to be taken seriously. Sad maybe, but true.

    I think that the NAS might be a good new name. National Association of Schoolteachers. Might convince the NASUWT to join too.

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