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Issue No. 1672

THE NATIONAL Union of Teachers is calling on teachers to organise a week of protests, beginning on 29 November, against the government's plan to impose a performance related pay system. Activities are to be aimed at winning arguments with other teaching unions, parents, governors and MPs, but they will not include the one day strike agreed at the last annual conference. The union's general secretary, Doug McAvoy, announced this action when he spoke to 130 union branch secretaries last week.

McAvoy was criticised at the meeting for his 'cautious welcome' for the Ofsted inspired Performance Management Proposals. One speaker called the plans a 'bully's charter'. Performance related pay would be bad for teachers and for kids. There is plenty of scope to organise. Teachers should:

  • Organise lobbies of local MPs.

  • Get letters and articles in the local media.

  • Hold joint meetings with parents.

  • Link up with the 30 November demonstrations against the World Trade Organisation.

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    Sat 13 Nov 1999, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1672
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