Pay, pensions, workload update
NUT has been campaigning on the issues of pay, pensions and workload
for the last three years. In October we held a joint strike with the
NASUWT over these issues and Michael Gove’s plan to remove the cap on
195 days a year, 1265 hours a year, PPA time and bringing back cover.
Together we held a series of strikes in June and October last year. This
pushed the STRB to turn down Gove and he had all his plans thrown out -
Gove was the first Secretary of State to receive such a humiliating
also forced Gove to offer talks on pay, pensions and workload, however,
he soon reverted to type and dragged his feet as much as possible. Our
strike on March 26th forced him and David Laws to attend the talks and
finally to respond to our concerns.
The government published new advice on PRP this week giving some small concessions:
teachers should be told well in advance if their increment is likely to be withheld;
the PRP process should not be bureaucratic;
schools of the need to make sure that PRP doesn’t disadvantage women,
older teachers, black teachers and teachers from an ethnic minority, gay
teachers or disabled teachers;
the DfE published a model procedure for pay appeals.
You can read the documents here, here and here.
They also committed to finding out why teacher workload has gone up so
much under this government and to researching whether it is
feasible/desirable for teachers to work until 68.
clearly isn’t enough to significantly improve the lives of teachers and
we would have achieved much more if the NASUWT had continued the joint
campaign. So the NUT are pushing hard to unite the teachers’ unions
because it is the only way we will reclaim for our professional
NUT have called a strike on July 10th to pressurise the government to
properly address our concerns. This strike will be in conjunction with
TAs and other support staff in Unison, GMB and Unite, and more widely
with civil servants, council staff and firefighters.
Next term we will survey every NUT member to decide where next we go with the campaign.