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Issue No. 1676

MEMBERS OF the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union in England and Wales, took part in a week of action against performance related pay last week. The government's plans to link pay to pupils' results are another way of pushing market forces into schools.

  • While NUT union officials in some areas refused to call any action, around 30 people took part in a lobby of Ealing Southall Labour MP Piara Khabra, called by west London's Ealing NUT.

  • A large delegation of teachers from Birmingham NUT lobbied the surgery of local MP and education minister Estelle Morris.

  • THE NUT in Gloucestershire got local press coverage after it organised an unofficial ballot which overwhelmingly rejected New Labour's pay scheme.

  • TEACHERS in Trafford, near Manchester, also held a protest meeting which NUT president Judith Elderkin spoke at.

    Teachers need to pressure the leaders of all the teacher unions to step up the campaign against performance related pay. The NUT has called a boycott of appraisal of teachers, a key part of introducing the scheme. However, the government has simply renamed the appraisal system. Teachers should demand that the NUT immediately extends the boycott to include all performance management schemes, no matter what label they go under.

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    Sat 11 Dec 1999, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1676
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