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Suffolk Division NUT

Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday September 19th 2012

Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel  18:30 for 19:00

Circulars and Information From HQ

  1. 12-176-E&E - AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS CENTENARY - RECEPTION TO LAUNCH SCHOOL MATERIALS
  2. 12-175-S&C - UPDATE ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION: The action notices for England and Wales were sent out to employers on 13th-14th Sept and included the instructions for the action short of strike action that HQ is calling upon members to take from 26 September.  Local authorities will receive the action notices for onward transmission to their schools.
  3. 12-174-S&C - NATIONAL OFFICER ELECTION: Nina Franklin, the Ex-President, has been appointed to a paid position in the Union as South West Regional Officer.  Julie Lyon-Taylor was duly elected to replace her seat on the Executive.
  4. 12-173-EC&R - APPRAISAL POLICIES: Joint NASUWT/NUT appraisal checklists for England and Wales were agreed at the end of August (Circular 12-160/S&C refers).  The appraisal checklists are available from: www.teachers.org.uk/hearth/appraisal. They bring together the common elements of the NUT/ATL/NAHT and NASUWT policies in a ‘bottom line’ approach, without contradicting the NUT/NAHT/ATL model policy.  Reps and members are asked not to agree to any appraisal policy which is incompatible in any way with the NUT/NASUWT appraisal checklists.
  5. 12-172-O&M - LEARNING WITH THE NUT COURSE GUIDE 2012/13: your guide to NUT courses for the new school year.  Includes CPD and national training opportunities for NUT members, other teachers, NUT representatives and local officers all in one booklet. A copy of the course guide, with an accompanying poster, has been sent to all schools. The course guide is available online at: www.teachers.org.uk/courses, where members can apply directly for course places.
  6. 12-171-S&C - NUT AND NASUWT ANNOUNCE JOINT INDUSTRIAL ACTION: NUT and NASUWT announced (10th Sept) joint action short of strike action as part of the campaign to protect pay and working conditions. The action short of strike action starts on 26 September 2012.
  7. 12-170-E&E - HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY: the Union, along with the Holocaust Educational Trust, will be holding a Holocaust Memorial event on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, at NUT Headquarters.
  8. 12-169-SS&EE - PENSIONS UPDATE: AUTUMN 2012: The NUT pensions campaign continues as an integral part of the campaign to protect teachers and defend education. Current pensions campaign material, including the NUT’s briefing on the current Government’s Final Proposed Agreement and the NUT Pensions Calculator, can be found at: www.teachers.org.uk/pensions. Pensions material linked to our joint campaign with the NASUWT can be found at: www.teachers.org.uk/protect-teachers. Other pensions material can be found in the Pensions part of the Advice and Guidance section at: www.teachers.org.uk/taxonomy/term/232.
  9. 12-168-E&E - WORLD TEACHERS' DAY EVENT:REMINDER
  10. 12-167-E&E - CAMPAIGN AGAINST CUTS TO THE EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND EQUALITY LEGISLATION: The Government is consistently undermining equalities structures and has indicated its willingness to consider weakening equality legislation. In May this year the Government announced it is to:
  11. 12-166-SS&EE - AMENDMENT: FUNDING FOR TRADE UNION FACILITIES TIME: Local authorities will not, in future, be permitted to maintain funding for facilities time without the specific agreement of their Schools Forums.  Discussions on the operation of the new system will begin locally at latest during the autumn term and will be underway already in some areas.  Divisions should therefore approach authorities as soon as possible to begin discussion on these issues.
  12. 12-165-SC - PAY AND CONDITIONS BALLOT RESULT: The turnout overall was 27 per cent and the Union balloted 228,831 members in 3 constituencies: England, Wales and Sixth Form Colleges.
    England Question 1 (discontinuous strike action) Votes For - 83.4 per cent Votes Against - 16.6 per cent
      Question 2 (action short of strike action) Votes For - 93.1 per cent Votes Against - 6.9 per cent
  13. 12-164-SS&EE - 2012 SCHOOL TEACHERS' PAY AND CONDITIONS DOCUMENT: The 2012 STPCD came into effect from 1 September 2012 and is available online at: https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00091-2012
  14. 12-163-O&M - NUT HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISERS' BRIEFING COURSE: 21-23 NOVEMBER 2012 at Stoke Rochford Hall
  15. 12-162-O&M - DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING: is on 10th - 12th OCTOBER 2012
  16. 12-161-0M - 2012/13 AWARDS: NUT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR AND NUT OFFICER OF THE YEAR
  17. 12-160-SC - JOINT NUT/NASUWT DOCUMENTS ON APPRAISAL/OBSERVATION: The NUT has agreed a suite of documents with the NASUWT regarding appraisal and observation. These documents cover schools in England and in Wales. They do not cover sixth form colleges. Links to them were emailed to members on 30th August and posted to school representatives.
  18. 12-159-EE - HELP BURMA’S WORKERS BUILD A UNION MOVEMENT
  19. 12-158-OM - BUILDING FOR ACTION: Update on preparations for action on current disputes with the Secretary of State for Education and the Welsh Government.
  20. 12-157-SC - BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL RALLY – SUNDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2012
  21. 12-156-ECR - EMPLOYER'S DUTY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION BEFORE TUPE TRANSFER TO ACADEMY: the NUT successfully pursued an employment tribunal in the South West which secured a six week pay award for 24 teachers in Cornwall after the authority breached its duties under TUPE.  The employment tribunal ruled that the authority did not meet its statutory obligations under TUPE. The employer should have, as a matter of law, informed the Union:
  22. 12-155-EE - WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY EVENT
  23. 12-154-EC&R - ONLINE SURVEY ON EXCESSIVE WORKPLACE TEMPERATURES
  24. 12-153-ECR - REPORTING AND MONITORING OF ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES IN LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOLS
  25. 12-152-ECR - APPRAISAL SURVEY
  26. 12-151-E&E - APPEAL FOR DONATIONS TOWARDS LEGAL COSTS OF JUDICAL REVIEW BY DOWNHILLS PARENTS
  27. 12-150-OM - EXECUTIVE REVIEW OF THE AGE CRITERIA FOR THE YOUNG TEACHERS’ SECTION: CONSULTATION
  28. 12-149-RM - ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013 – LIVERPOOL: FRIDAY, 29 MARCH TO TUESDAY, 2 APRIL 2013.  Preliminary info.
  29. 12-148-OM - DIVISION SECRETARIES’ BRIEFING: WEDNESDAY, 10 TO FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2012 AND NEW SECRETARIES’ COURSE: MONDAY, 8 TO WEDNESDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2012
  30. 12-147-OM - NUT  REPRESENTATIVE  AND  NUT  OFFICER  OF  THE  YEAR  AWARDS : NEW  ARRANGEMENTS
  31. 12-145-OM - PREPARING FOR ACTION : PROTECTING FACILITIES TIME
  32. 12-146-SC - NEW NUT SIMPLE MAIL TRANSFER PROTOCOL (SMTP) FOR OFFICERS’ EMAIL: The NUT has now created its own outgoing SMTP for the officers’ generic email. This will enable officers to send out email from their Smart phones or similar devices without going through their network providers or other email providers’ servers.
  33. 12-144-ECR - IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION JUDGEMENT ON SICK LEAVE WHICH OCCURS DURING HOLIDAY LEAVE:  The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that workers who fall sick during their annual leave are entitled to transfer on to sick leave and take corresponding paid annual leave at a later date. The CJEU ruling, which is legally binding throughout the EU, including the UK, came on 21 June in a case against a group of department stores taken by four Spanish trade union organisations.  In most cases, teachers returning from sick leave will not be entitled to additional annual leave separate from school closure periods but the provision do apply to members paid on Soulbury and Local Government conditions. Also, teachers who resign following a lengthy period of sick leave or who are dismissed may, depending on the particular circumstances, be entitled to additional payment.
  34. 12-141-SSEE - FUNDING FOR TRADE UNION FACILITIES TIME
  35. 12-139-E&E - ADIDAS EXPLOITING WORKERS
  36. 12-136-EE - NEW GUIDANCE FOR STATUTORY INDUCTION FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS: SEPTEMBER 2012: Some of the key changes are:
  37. 12-132-ECR - HOW TO UNDERTAKE A STRESS RISK ASSESSMENT – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR SCHOOL MANAGEMENT: The Union has developed a guide aimed at helping head teachers, or other members of school management to whom the task is delegated, undertake a stress risk assessment. This guide is available on Hearth and teachers.org at: www.teachers.org.uk/node/15295.
  38. 12-127-SSEE - LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME – PROPOSED AGREEMENT: A proposed agreement has been announced for the Local Government Pension Scheme to take effect from 1 April 2014. The negotiations have involved the Local Government Association representing employers and GMB, Unite and Unison as the three trade unions recognised in the NJC for Local Government Services. The NUT and around 16 other trade unions with members in the LGPS have not been represented in or consulted about those discussions. The NJC Unions are now consulting their members.  The proposals can be found at: www.teachers.org.uk/node/15892, together with an NUT commentary. The NUT Executive will be considering the proposals but is conscious that they mean ‘Pay more, work longer, get less’ because the vast majority of NUT members in the LGPS will be expected to pay higher contributions, as well as getting lower pensions from the new scheme at a higher normal pension age.
  39. 12-126-ECR - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS STOP EMPLOYMENT WRONGS: TURNING BACK THE CLOCK ON EMPLOYEE RIGHTS: Government has decided to introduce fees to the employment tribunal system and, in April, the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims was raised from one to two years for those employees whose period of continuous employment began on or after 6 April 2012. There have been many more regressive proposals since then but the Government recently consulted on a proposal to exempt small employers (and consequently their employees) from unfair dismissal provisions.