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NUT conference: Anti-fascism

25 March 2008
Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism had a big profile at conference. The NUT last year voted to set up a political fund, which will allow it to openly campaign against the BNP. Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the NUT, told conference, "I’m delighted that the ballot on our political fund was so successful. I will be very proud when the NUT can put out leaflets saying ‘Don’t vote for fascists and racists – don’t vote BNP’".

NUT conference: Military recruitment

25 March 2008
Conference voted overwhelmingly to support a motion opposing military recruitment in schools and to support teachers, students and parents who choose not to take part in events organised by the military.

NUT conference: Academies

25 March 2008
A major theme of NUT conference was fighting for a different vision of education. Time after time delegates referred to the Unicef report that placed children in Britain 21 out of 21 in a league table of the well-being and happiness of children in the richest countries.

NUT conference: class sizes and workload

25 March 2008
Workload was raised regularly at conference. A recent School Teachers Review Body (STRB) report found that primary school teachers were now working on average 52 hours a week. Teachers were clear that workload cannot be separated from other issues such as class size and pay.

NUT conference: classroom behaviour

25 March 2008
An important debate on classroom behaviour took place at conference, at a time when panic about violence among children is leading to some schools introducing "airport style" metal detectors, on-site police officers and increased surveillance of students.

NUT conference: Teachers debate future of education

25 March 2008
Delegates agreed that this years’ conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) was one of the most enthusiastic and left wing ever.

Sally Hunt writes: 'Lecturers are set to join the battle'

25 March 2008
The UCU union is balloting members in further education (FE) colleges in England to take strike action in support of a better pay deal. Our pay claim, agreed with other FE unions calls for a 6 percent increase or £1,500, whichever is the greater.

Teachers to give Gordon Brown a lesson

25 March 2008
Teachers took the lead in the revolt against Gordon Brown’s public sector pay limit last weekend when the NUT union’s conference voted unanimously to call for more strike action.

NUT conference: Socialist Teachers Alliance fringe meeting

25 March 2008
Around 100 people attended a fringe meeting on the Friday evening of conference on pay, politics and trade unionism, organised by the Socialist Teachers Alliance.

Get the army out of our schools

25 March 2008
Teachers at the NUT union conference highlighted the issue of army involvement in education by voting on Tuesday to oppose army recruitment in schools.

NUT conference: Respect Left List fringe meeting

25 March 2008
Around 70 people attended a fringe meeting of Respect’s Left List at NUT conference on Easter Monday. Victimised trade unionist Karen Reissmann, Dave Harvey from the NUT executive (in personal capacity) and Michael Lavalette, Respect councillor in Preston, addressed the meeting.

Defending Pimlico School

18 March 2008
Protesters occupied the lobby of Sovereign Capital on Wednesday of last week, in protest at plans to turn Pimlico School in south London into an academy.

Key issues for NUT conference

18 March 2008
The annual conference of the NUT teachers’ union over this Easter weekend will be dominated by a discussion about how to take forward the union’s pay campaign.

Lecturers: fight hard for a strong Yes vote for action

18 March 2008
Lecturers in further education colleges in the UCU union received ballot papers this week for a strike over pay and conditions. Our claim this year is for 6 percent or £1,500.

Left gains in NUT elections

18 March 2008
The elections for the national executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have meant a slight but significant shift towards a majority for the combined left.

London teachers plan demonstration on strike day

11 March 2008
London branches of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have organised a demonstration and rally in London on 24 April.

Further education lecturers ballot for action

11 March 2008
Lecturers in further education in the UCU union will begin balloting this week over whether to take strike action against their below-inflation pay offer.

Anti academies conference

11 March 2008
Over 200 people attended a conference against academies organised by South Eastern Region of the TUC and the Anti Academies Alliance, on Saturday of last week.

Barrow parents reject school bribe

04 March 2008
Anti-academy schools campaigners are set to mount a challenge to over 30 sitting New Labour and Tory councillors in Barrow.

Teachers set for battle over pay

04 March 2008
Teachers in the NUT union across England and Wales are building for a yes vote in a ballot over whether to take strike action over pay.

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