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Teachers: ‘We’re undervalued and underpaid’

22 January 2008
Teachers are livid that the government last week sought to push a below-inflation pay "rise" on them – not just for one year, but for three.

Lecturers to protest at changes to funding

22 January 2008
The London region of the UCU lecturers’ union has called a demonstration in protest at government changes to higher education funding, which were announced without consultation last September.

HE lecturers ballot on pay negotiations deal

22 January 2008
Lecturers in the UCU union in higher education (HE) are to be balloted from Friday of this week on whether to accept a deal on national pay negotiations. This would implement single-table bargaining, allowing all unions within HE to bargain collectively with the employers, which the left is in favour of.

Vote no in this vital lecturers' ballot

15 January 2008
Members of the higher education (HE) section of the UCU lecturers’ union will be taking part in a very important ballot from next Monday.

Consultation announced on ESOL funding

15 January 2008
The government has announced a consultation on the funding and provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Teachers angry at proposed wage cut

15 January 2008
Gordon Brown will face a test of his plans to hold down public sector pay after the announcement of a three-year pay deal for teachers in England and Wales this week.

Teachers' round-up

15 January 2008
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.

Teachers' fight over low pay building up

08 January 2008
Teachers in England and Wales are still waiting for the government to announce their pay deal for 2008‑11. The School Teachers Review Body (STRB) on pay gave its recommendations on teachers’ pay to the government in October, but it has yet to respond.

Lecturers to ballot on national negotiating arrangements

08 January 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union in higher education are to be balloted from 21 January on new national negotiating arrangements.

Bosses push cuts at Keele University

17 December 2007
Bosses have launched a swingeing attack on jobs and courses at Keele university. They want to axe 38 out of 67 academic staff in the Economics and Management Studies School to create a smaller "corporate style" business school.

Organising lecturers for the pay battle

17 December 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union Further Education Committee (FEC) met on Friday of last week. The ongoing campaign against Gordon Brown’s pay freeze was a major issue.

Teachers' rally calls for united fight over pay

11 December 2007
Some 400 public sector workers attended a rally for decent pay on Thursday of last week.

Lecturers' union attacks temporary contracts

11 December 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union has attacked university employers for "blighting" higher education by putting the majority of new workers on temporary rather than permanent contracts.

Academies cut maternity leave in Southwark

11 December 2007
New Labour’s Academies programme has come under fire again after it was discovered that academies in Southwark, south London, had introduced contracts halving paid maternity leave.

Teachers' strike ballot moved to January

04 December 2007
Teachers in the NUT union are likely to ballot for action over pay in January, and not December, as originally planned.

Results of NUT election announced

27 November 2007
The result of the recent National Union of Teachers (NUT) election was announced at the end of last week.

Westminster teacher's strike

27 November 2007
Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Pimlico School in Westminster, London were on strike on Tuesday of this week against their lunch break being cut.

South London meetings oppose academy plans

27 November 2007
Last week there were two public meetings to discuss new secondary schools planned for south London.

Liverpool teachers threaten walkout

27 November 2007
Teachers in Liverpool are threatening to walk out if their pay demands are not met. Over 100 teachers across the city are expected to protest on Thursday of this week against Brown’s pay freeze, and are warning that a ballot for strike action could begin in the new year.

2 percent pay cap for teachers

20 November 2007
Teachers in England and Wales look set to have their pay held down to a 2 percent "rise" each year for the next three years.

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