National Union of Teachers
We're Talking - Or Are
may have seen in the press there has been an exchange of letters between
Gove and our unions. Gove has offered talks but they have only
been on the mechanisms by which our children's education system will be
changed, not whether these changes are good for teachers, students or
the education system.
also wants to include the ATL union, NAHT, ASCL, Voice and Edapt (a
legal group that offers insurance against claims being made against
teachers - at a cost). None of these organisations are involved in
Gove then said he was "saddened" by the unions approach. The NUT
and NAS/UWT then
issued a joint statement saying that Gove was "game playing" and
"deliberately seeking to misrepresent" our position.
Monday a joint statement from Ms Blower and Christine Keates, leader of
the NASUWT, reaffirmed that plans were in place for a national strike in
England and Wales "no later than 13 February 2014 in the event of
insufficient progress through negotiation."
thorough report of the issues can be found
NUT/NASUWT strikes have always been about talking.
the other issues have been secondary. Pensions, pay, the
curriculum, academies, free schools, workload, GCSE English fiasco
(remember that?) , working conditions, term times, non-qualified
teachers and the creeping privatisation of education are all what we're
worked up about, but at the end of the day what's proving the single
point of failure on these issues is that the Government won't talk to us
There have been talks, but they have only been on the mechanism by which
these so called "reforms" will take place. There is no discussion on
what reforms (if any) should take place, there is no consideration of
whether these "reforms" are good for teachers, good for students or good
for education in this country as a whole. There is no consultation
with the people at the chalkface
after a successful series of strikes, Gove has said he is willing to
enter into discussions. This is a u-turn of the highest order and should
be shouted from the rooftops
course, these may not be the meaningful discussions we are hoping for,
but it would be wrong to write them off before they have taken place.
If they are not what we need
them to be then we will strike
again in the new year. He has
Full details are available from the union website at teachers.org