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Teachers meet to discuss their campaign over pay

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Issue 2621
Striking NEU members
Striking NEU members (Pic: Guy Smallman)

NEU union members in London planned a pay rally on Thursday of this week. The national executive committee of the NUT section of the union last week voted to campaign for a fully-funded 3.5 percent pay rise for all teachers.

The government’s School Teachers’ Review Body recommended a 3.5 percent rise. But the Tories want to give that to just 40 percent of teachers.

Some of the pay rise would come from the existing schools budget, meaning more cuts.

The union has said it will organise regional meetings and rallies. It could begin an indicative ballot of teachers over pay.

Teachers should call meetings in their schools to discuss and build the campaign.

London pay rally—Thursday 13 September, 6pm, Central Hall, Westminster Storey’s Gate, SW1P 3BT. Speakers include joint NEU general secretary Kevin Courtney

A plan to create a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in Brent, north west London, has been delayed because of allegations relating to one of the schools involved.

School bosses want The Village School to form an MAT with Woodfield School, which is already an academy.

NEU union members at The Village School staged several strikes against the plan last year.

Local MPs and parents also opposed it.

Workers say the plan has been delayed for at least two months while the Department for Education investigates “compliance issues”.

A consultant at the school is alleged to have been paid close to £240,000 in around two years for around eight days’ work a month.

It is also claimed that, before taking up the post, he had been a trustee overseeing financial decisions made by the academy.

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