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'Teachers should vote yes in ballot for action over pay'

by Jane Bassett, President Hackney NUT (pc)
Issue No. 2075

As teachers return from half term, the School Teachers Pay Review Body (STRB) will be preparing to publish its recommendations, following consultation with ministers.

The report has now been sent to the government and we will know what it proposes in a couple of weeks.

But it’s widely expected that it will seek to impose a 2 percent pay “rise” for the next three years – in effect a pay cut.

The NUT teachers’ union has committed itself to balloting members to take action over pay with a ballot starting on 10 December. If that is successful a first day of national strike action would take place on 30 January.

There will also be a London pay rally on Thursday 6 December, 6pm at Friends Meeting House to build momentum for a strike. Activists need to start building this now.

Activists also need to be campaigning for the biggest possible Yes vote in the ballot.

As part of that, they need to be making sure that the pay fight is reflected in the NUT’s national elections which start this week.

Roger King, Birmingham branch secretary and the first black member of the NUT national executive, and Gill Goodswen from Kirklees are standing for the two posts of vice-president.

Their platform is of fighting for teachers’ pay, as well as opposing the deluge of targets, tests and new initiatives that are daily dumped on teachers and schools.

The bigger the vote they can win, the stronger the left will be in ensuring the union remains committed to action. We should also vote for Alyson Palmer in the election for examiner of accounts.

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Tue 30 Oct 2007, 19:36 GMT
Issue No. 2075
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