THE LEADERS of the largest teachers' union in England and Wales, the NUT, have abandoned any effective fight against New Labour's plans for payment by results. NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy rubbished the idea of a one day strike against the market-driven scheme at a national executive meeting on Thursday of last week.
The executive also narrowly voted against a boycott of the training days and new forms of assessment which are needed for the new pay system to work. The retreat comes after a 1,100-strong unofficial teachers' demonstration two weeks ago called by the STOPP campaign against payment by results. STOPP is now organising a conference on Saturday 18 March at South Camden Community School, central London.
- Contact STOPP, c/o 65 Glenarm Road, London E5.