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Michael Rosen addressing the Wakefield meeting

Michael Rosen addressing the Wakefield meeting

Michael Rosen says resist dictats

Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen spoke to over 120 teachers and parents on Wednesday of last week, at a meeting organised by the Wakefield and District NUT teachers’ union.

He took the government’s literacy strategy to pieces. “I have never found a children’s author who writes novels for teachers to tear up and count the adjectives,” he said.

Nick, a language teacher, said, “It was refreshing to hear Michael say, ‘Resist government dictats which make learning boring for teachers and pupils alike’.”

A DVD of the event will soon be available – email [email protected]

Sally Kincaid, Divisional Secretary, Wakefield and District NUT (pc)

NUT political fund

The NUT teachers’ union is balloting members over whether to set up a political fund.

This would allow the union to take up a number of campaigns, including against

fascist election candidates, such as those from the British National Party (BNP).

Steve Johnston, president of Leeds NUT, spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. “The BNP have leafleted schools in Leeds in the past,” he said. “We need a political fund so that the NUT can effectively campaign against the BNP.”

The ballot ends on Monday 28 January.

Pay campaign

An upbeat meeting of divisional secretaries in the NUT teachers’ union was held on Wednesday of last week.

NUT leader Steve Sinnott said that a strike “will be entirely justified if the government proposes anything less than the current 4.2 percent rate of inflation”.

Activists will now be preparing for an expected ballot for industrial action over the deal.

Nick Grant, secretary of Ealing NUT (pc)

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Tue 15 Jan 2008, 17:58 GMT
Issue No. 2084
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