#Islington free #school considers union recognition after strikes

February 12, 2014

Following two days of well-supported strike action by teachers at STEM 6 Academy – a newly-opened Islington free school for 16-18 olds – on Wednesday and Thursday last week, NUT representatives were invited to attend a meeting with school governors and the principal on Friday afternoon.

At the meeting, we were presented with a draft union recognition agreement close to what we were seeking and a time-limited procedure for resolving issues concerning teachers terms and conditions.

On Monday, NUT members at STEM 6 agreed that the commitments given to the NUT were sufficient for them to agree to suspend three further days of strike action – called for this week – to allow negotiations to proceed today (Tuesday).

Ken Muller, Assistant Secretary of Islington NUT, said:

“Today’s negotiations made significant progress towards meeting our objective of moving staff on to terms and conditions of employment comparable with those enjoyed in sixth form colleges and we are optimistic that we will be able to resolve outstanding matters of concern without further resort to industrial action.

“Final agreement on the issues at STEM 6 will allow teachers and support staff at the school to focus on providing students with the high quality education to which they are entitled and – notwithstanding the NUT’s wish to see all schools becoming democratically accountable to the communities which they serve and working in cooperation rather than in competition with each other – hopefully become model for other free schools to emulate.”

For further information, call Ken Muller on 07950075088


Hands off our #Unions – Our right to resist #Austerity

February 8, 2014

Public rally organised by the People’s Assembly, Institute of Employment Rights and the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom

Tuesday 11 Feb, 6:30pm
Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1
Tube: Kings Cross

Speakers include:
Len McCluskey
, Unite the Union
Mark Serwotka, Public and Commercial Services Union
Francesca Martinez, Comedian
John Hendy QC, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom
a striking transport worker
Sam Fairbairn
, The People’s Assembly
Chaired by: Alex Kenny, NUT andCarolyn Jones, Institute of Employment Rights

Register your place here:https://handsoffunions.eventbrite.co.uk <https://handsoffunions.eventbrite.co.uk/>

The People’s Assembly has teamed up with the Institute of Employment Rights and the Campaign for Trade Union freedom to launch an initiative in defense of the trade union movement and our right to resist austerity.

The Tories have launched fresh attacks on the trade union movement. David Cameron is proposing further limitations on the right to take strike action and Boris Johnson continues to attack London Underground workers striking against cuts to jobs and the closure of the station offices.

This comes at a time when strikes are on the increase, with Higher Education workers also taking action and teachers look set to announce further strikes in the coming weeks.

But these attacks have not just come from the Tory-led government. Milliband has pushed through reforms to weaken the trade union’s influence over the Labour Party.

As millions of people face falling real wages, unemployment, part time or casualised low paid work, and the rapid destruction or privatisation of the welfare state they stand in need of trade union organisation and the right to protest more than ever.