Gove backs down on working time and conditions: NUT strike update

michael-gove.jpgCommenting on the publication of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) report, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The STRB has delivered Michael Gove a huge blow by rebuffing his recommendations for further attacks on teachers’ conditions and pay.

“Michael Gove sought to persuade the STRB that the teachers’ contract undermined professionalism and that the provisions were over-prescriptive.  He failed on all counts.   Instead the STRB recognised the strength of the NUT’s arguments about excessive workload levels and recommended the retention of working time limits, PPA time in its current form and the ‘rarely cover’ provision.

“In a further blow to Gove, the STRB has recommended retaining Teacher and Learning Responsibility Payments (TLRs) and Special Educational Needs (SEN) allowances, resisting further deregulation of pay. The STRB rejected proposals to remove the current safeguarding provisions which protect teachers.

“It is a testament to the campaigning of teachers, and NUT members in particular, that the Secretary of State has found it impossible to ignore the STRB recommendations.

“While it is a real victory, it does not change the current working lives of teachers. Workload remains much too burdensome and two out of five teachers leave in the first five years; many others are considering giving up; and who knows how many are choosing not to join the profession, given the intolerable pressures on teachers.

“Michael Gove now needs to sit down and engage seriously in constructive talks with the NUT to resolve the issues surrounding our dispute. The strike action on March 26 can be stopped if the Secretary of State addresses teachers’ concerns and progress is made towards resolution. The decision is his.”

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  • commented 2014-04-17 14:39:27 +0100
    I’m glad C. Blower thinks SHE has won a ‘victory’ but it does not look like it from where I’m standing.

    I’m losing my teaching job in August, due to ‘reorganisation’: a euphemism for ‘disappearing’ teachers who are over 50, and deemed ‘too expensive’. No doubt I will either be replaced by an NQT, HLTA or TA.

    1. Teachers having to work to age 68; Yeh right, don’t make me laugh!
    2. PRP another euphemism for: Need to get rid of an ‘inadequate’ teacher or 10; don’t want to give a pay rise; want to pay SLT more.
    3. Labours’ Academy programme; progressing really well, with the addition of Tory Free Schools (beat Labour to it).
    4. Teachers working 60/70 hours a week; NO FAMILY/SOCIAL TIME!!
    5. Does the NUT keep a ‘tally’ of the number of Teacher suicides? There were two in my last school within 2 years; 1 a year! How many schools are there in the UK? Do the maths!

    Tell me, why does the NUT still fund the Labour party when there is NO difference between Capitalist Labour, Tories or the Limp Dems? Might as well fund them all, eh?

    Unions (except for the RMT under Bob Crow) are now part of the problem. I would rather use my Home Insurances’ Legal Protection Cover, and hire an Employment lawyer, than use a union rep, and that’s what’s happening now. Unions belong with Labour, back in the 19th C.

    I will stick my fingers in my ears if you speak at this Demo. If I were you Miss Blower, I would ask for teachers forgiveness, and hang my head in shame…

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