NUT Members Getting the Message Across

NUT members have been working really hard in recent weeks to get our message out to parents and MPs as the Union steps up the campaign to Stand Up for Education. Stand Up for Education is linked to our campaign to defend teachers’ pay and conditions and has several key points we are asking the public to support.

Hundreds of stalls have taken place in town centres around the country and in every place members have reported a very positive response from parents.

Hundreds of stalls have taken place in town centres around the country and in every place members have reported a very positive response from parents.

It is clear that many people share our concerns about government education policy and are only too happy to talk about it.

On Tuesday June 10th NUT members lobbied MPs in Parliament, and also in local constituencies, talking to them about teacher morale, workload accountability and a whole lot more. Many people who took part have reported that they got a sympathetic hearing from their MP and it is clear that a lot of MPs are concerned about teacher morale and workload.

Taking the campaign forward in schools

We aim to take the public part of our campaign forward and want school groups to think about how they can talk to parents about our concerns – perhaps a meeting, a drop-in session, a stall at a school event, or maybe delivering leaflet to homes near the school – such activities can really help build support for our campaign.

National demonstration and joint strike action

On Saturday June 21st the NUT is supporting a national demonstration in which Stand Up for Education will be a major theme – we are asking members to join the NUT contingent on this demonstration.

The NUT is also preparing for a further one-day strike on Thursday July 10th; this is likely to be a joint strike with UNISON and the GMB who are balloting all their members, including school support staff, for strike action over pay.

Details will be announced once these ballots are finished, but it is worth keeping the date in mind when planning activities for the end of term.

This is always a busy time for teachers, even more so this year with all the challenges we face; please make sure you and colleagues keep up to date with what is happening and be ready to join in.

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