Robbing Peter to pay Paul – no new money and still a pay cut

Delaying until the last possible moment before Westminster shut for the summer, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that some teachers will receive a pay increase of up to 3.5% this September.

It’s important that everyone understands what this means for our schools.

Here are the 3 things you need to know:


The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies confirmed that for 60% of teachers, this pay “increase” actually represents a real-terms pay cut. As a school community of parents, pupils and staff alike, we need to continue standing together with the teachers that teach our children.


The Treasury has not released any new money to fund this. That means the Department for Education will have to raid the needed £500m from other parts of education spending. Then schools will have to fund the rest from already stretched budgets. Until Chancellor Philip Hammond releases new school funding, the Government is robbing Peter to pay Paul — but both Peter and Paul are broke.


This won’t bring back the teachers and TAs our schools have already lost. We know schools lost 5,366 teachers in the last year while pupil numbers grew by 136,544*. As the school funding crisis deepens, this announcement does nothing to protect vital staff whose jobs are still on the line.

Share this graphic to make sure every parent in the country reading this week’s headlines knows the truth.

It’s unforgivable that time and time again, the Chancellor is denying schools the funding they need.

Parents, teachers, heads: our communities are speaking in one voice for the education our children deserve.

We can’t stop here and we won’t.

*Figures obtained from the Department for Education School Workforce Census 2017.

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A pay rise but without the extra funding to school won’t happen. Meeting on 13th September

Dear colleagues,

We had a decent turnout for our “where is the STRB?” protest at the DfE yesterday, for which we developed a theme of “Sherlcok Hinds and the Missing Report” complete with deerstalkers, magnifying glasses and a sniffer dog – some pictures are attached.

It now seems as though the STRB report will not be published until September which is truly outrageous and should make teachers very angry.

Whatever happens it is clear that we are going to have to mobilise members for a mass campaign on pay and funding and to make sure that school groups are meeting to discuss this.

As part of this we are calling a London Mobilising Meeting on Thursday 13th September at 6:00pm in Central Hall Westminster which we want to use to kick start the campaign across London.

Please do promote this to your reps and members and encourage them to book their place here.

More details will follow once we know the detail of the STRB Report and have confirmed speakers.

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Update on Saturday 14th July London demonstration against the fascists/ Tommy Robinson supporters




The far-right is gearing up for a big rally in support of Tommy Robinson on July 14th at Downing Street. They’ll hope to bring together the ‘Football Lads’ thugs with the international far-right, in a bid to repeat their success earlier this month.



This will give space for vile neo-Nazis and white nationalists to recruit. The 15,000-strong “Free Tommy” rally last June, was the largest outdoor mobilisation by fascists seen in Britain. It brought together nazis, the alt right and racist populists like Ukip. The bridge between the two is the Democratic Football Lads Alliance—which mobilised 2,500 onto the streets of London recently.



There’s a sense of a shift among many regarding the threat of the far right. Len McCluskey, the Unite the Union leader, was the latest to add his voice and support to demonstrations against the fascists in Leeds and on July 14th, in London. This is very welcome. A huge demonstration on July 13th against World’s Number One Racist Donald Trump, as well as a counter-protest against the far right on 14 July can help push back against the growth of the racist-right.



  • Assemble 1pm at Old Palace Yard, Westminster
  • 2pm March to Whitehall

There will be speakers at both points including:

  • Claude Moraes – MEP • Jean Lambert – MEP Talha Ahmed – Muslim Council of Britain •  Dilowar Khan – London Muslim Centre  Gerry Gable – Searchlight • Reverend Steven Saxby • Kiri Tunks – NEU President • Nita Sanghera – UCU Vice President • Jane Loftus – CWU Vice President  • Peter Kavanagh – Unite London • Steve Hedley – RMT deputy General Secretary  • Taranjit Chana – GMB London Region • Louise Regan – NEU • Shahrar Ali – Green Party


Updates and more can be found on the Facebook event page, here,



The fascists and racists have been fuelled by the racism of Donald Trump and the Tories. And taking on wider racism is important. Fascists aim to build a mass movement that can smash their opponents and perpetrate racist violence. And as a street movement, they gain confidence by marching.

That means we have to break their confidence on the streets.


Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism have sounded the alarm—and held protests against the fascists and racists. The demonstration on 14 July is a chance to begin to broaden the movement against the far right and to give new momentum to anti-racists.



A big turnout on 14 July will help us get to a position where we can confront the fascists and stop them marching where they want to march, rally where they want to rally. And that way we can push back and break their organisation.


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13 July | London | Together Against Trump: National Demo


Together Against Trump: National Demo
Fri 13 July | 14:00
Facebook Event » 

Organised by: Together Against Trump »

Donald Trump is now reported to be coming to Britian in July – and we are going to organise a massive national demonstration against his politics of racism, war and hate.

Together Against Trump will take place on Saturday before or during any Trump visit. The date of this protest may change as we know more about the visit.

This could be a march of millions. 4% of the population – or around 2 million people have said that they would “definitely” take part in protests against the visit.

This demonstration isn’t just about Trump. The treatment of the Windrush generation has highlighted the British elite’s disgraceful record of racism and bigotry. This is a fight against our own “hostile environment” as well as the American government.

The Stop Trump Coalition is a network of grassroots campaigns, unions, NGOs and politicians initiated by journalist Owen Jones in February 2017. Stand Up to Trump includes a range of campaigns against war, austerity and racism, as well as public figures who have pledged to mobilise against a Trump visit.

Both organisations have come together for a one-off national demonstration under the banner of Together Against Trump.

A mobilising network for the demonstration – with local contact points in every part of the country – will spring into action as soon as a date is announced, organising local actions and coaches to London.

Shaista Aziz, from the Stop Trump Coalition, said: “Donald Trump and Theresa May are running scared of protest. Last year. hundreds of thousands took to the streets at barely a day’s notice in disgust at Trump’s Muslim Ban. If Trump actually comes to London, we could be looking at a march of millions. This won’t just be a movement against the President’s visit – it will become a movement against racism, anti-migrant bigotry, sexism, transphobia and far right politics in the UK”

“The Windrush scandal has shown this isn’t just about Trump. It’s also about Tory Britain. Our protest is an opportunity for millions to say, ‘enough is enough’.”

Maz Saleem, from Stand Up to Trump, said: “Donald Trump is an open racist and sexist, a volatile and dangerous character who seems set on taking the West into further wars. Together we will put on a massive united show of opposition to him if Theresa May goes ahead with plans for a visit.”

Stop Trump’s website can be viewed here:

Stand up to Trump’s website can be viewed here:



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NEU NUT AGM at The Clock House on 20th June

NUT AGM 20th June at The Clock House

· 196a Peckham Rye

· East Dulwich

· London

· SE22 9QA

The meeting will run from 5:30-7pm

Feel free to come along from 4:30 or anytime to 8:30 – hot food and a drink to NUT members.

Michael and BETTY Joint Secretaries

Southwark NUT

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Support the striking teachers in Birmingham

Birmingham battle for jobs and learning by DOUG MORGAN, assistant sec Birmingham NEU,

NUT section NEU UNION members at Springfield Primary School in Birmingham were set to continue hard-hitting strikes this week. Following a strike day just before half term, NEU members at the school were set to continue with repeated strikes of three days a week, every week, for the rest of the summer term. The strikes at Springfield Primary take place against plans for a restructure that will see further potential redundancies. It will also remove teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments—meaning pay cuts for some staff. Workload has rocketed as many teaching assistant posts have already effectively gone and an enlarged leadership team will create an atmosphere of greater scrutiny without greater support. According to some set to strike, “Workload has increased while morale has plummeted.” David Room, Birmingham NEU (NUT Section) general secretary, said, “Support staff have already been cut while the school has chosen to employ four ‘directors’ who will not have a substantive teaching requirement. “Two alternative staffing structures have been proposed by NEU members at the school but these were rejected by the school, leaving members with no choice but to strike in the interests of education. “The strikes are happening because of individual circumstances. “But they are indicative of what so many teachers and support staff are telling us— that they have simply had enough of government cuts, enough of unreasonable managements and enough of unmanageable workloads. “The scale of the action that our members are prepared to take at Springfield shows their determination to protect jobs and defend the learning conditions of students.” lPlease rush messages of support to the school

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Support the John Roan campaign against the proposed academy

Yesterday staff at the John Roan were finally told after 2 months since the inspection, that Ofsted have judged our school as ‘inadequate with serious weaknesses’.


We as dedicated staff think this a grossly unfair judgement and we do not accept it. We are being punished by a Government that is starving our schools of funds and creating such a crisis that teachers are leaving in droves and our schools are crumbling under the pressure. We are doing over very best in these circumstances. 


We have also suffered from a lack of stability since our highly respected Head, Des Malone retired. We have seen four Heads in two years with constant changes, new initiatives and very little stability in the leadership. Our new Head Cath Smith was appointed two weeks before the Ofsted inspection. Surely Ofsted should take this into account? 


The very same teachers and support staff that worked with Des when we were judged a ‘good’ are now being told we are not good. How can this be? 


This judgement empowers the Secretary of State to issue an academy order immediately and the University schools Trust (UST) has been named as the preferred sponsor. This is cynical move by a Government hell bent on privatisation to run our schools down then judge them to have failed 


The NEU is opposed to academisation. Schools are for children, they are not and should not be seen as opportunities to make money or allow CEOs the power to award themselves inflated and frankly immoral salaries while our students go without textbooks and our support staff survive on poverty wages.


We are committed to working hard to improve our school and will do the best for our children but we will not be bullied by this Government into handing over our beloved Roan to the highest bidder.


John Roan NEU have voted to take industrial action against the forced academisation of The John Roan. We do not take such action lightly but the stakes are too high for the future of our school to stand by and let our community be treated in this way without any consultation.


We ask for the Roan community past, present and future to rally round and campaign to keep our school a community school as part of the family of Greenwich Local Authority schools.


We want our school to remain a caring, inclusive comprehensive that values all children and that invests in and respects all its staff. Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) simply don’t do this. 


Please contact and voice your concerns to:


Linda Karlsen

Chair of Governors


Linda Nelson

Chair of the Foundation Trustees


Cabinet member for Children’s services and Schools

David Gardner


Head of Children’s Services

Florence Kroll


Please show some support and send them some messages of solidarity. In our times of need, support from others was invaluable at maintaining morale. If you can share the link/story with as many people as you can to highlight their plight and to help fight the forced academisation of their school, that would also be great. When we make lots of noise, people are more inclined to listen.


Solidarity – we’re all in the fight to save the education system from scoundrels who want to divert money to their own pockets.

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NEU Global Matters update

Dear colleague

This latest edition of Global Matters brings you up-to-date with our international solidarity campaigns and activities.

Some of the headlines of this edition include:

Solidarity in action

Read the report from the October 2017 delegation to Palestine, learn more about the movement to support a free and fair trial for Jesus Santrich in Colombia, and find out how you can raise awareness during the UK’s Srebrenica Memorial Week this year.

Stand up for education

Learn about the Union’s solidarity action with American colleagues in support of gun control and how we stood up for public education at our demonstration outside publishing giant Pearson’s AGM this year.

Learning opportunities for you

Find out more about Teacher, Union and Human Rights: A Seminar on Global Solidarity taking place this summer, school twinning in Palestine, and how you can support the British Rohingya Community.

I am pleased that this edition also includes contributions from two International Solidarity Officers, exploring the international element of the 2018 NEU-NUT Section Annual Conference and volunteer teaching at a refugee camp in the West Bank.

Download the full newsletter here.

Global Matters is an important starting point for international solidarity, but it is by no means the end. I hope you will use this as a way of developing both your own interest in international solidarity, and that of your friends, family, colleagues and fellow trade unionists. I look forward to seeing what this spark will ignite.

In solidarity,

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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Support the student occupation at UAL Elephant and Castle



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The following message was received at 2am this morning from students at London College of Communication. The fight to stop the social cleansing of Elephant and Castle goes on!


Tanya, Chair Southwark Defend Council Housing


Students supporting the campaign have been violently assaulted by campus security following a peaceful protest, currently ongoing at the University of the Arts London (UAL) LCC campus at Elephant and Castle.

Protesters received widespread and vocal support from fellow students as they leafleted them at a presentation of their final year degree work this evening to highlight UAL’s complicity in planned gentrification of Southwark. A non-violent rally then followed in the corridor outside the degree work showings. Campus security then reacted violently, assaulting the protesters with university management present and partaking with Head of College Natalie Bratt grabbing an Arts Student Union Officer’s phone and tackling her when attempts were made to retrieve the phone.

The assault by security and some staff who aided them has been extremely serious, with one student saying: “One man started pushing me away from the door before grabbing my breast for several seconds when I would not move!”. Another said: “Security started aggressively grabbing my shoulders and pulling my arms when I refused to let go of our megaphone”

This is the latest in a series of cruel management treatment towards student protesters at UAL, having previously refused toilet access to occupiers in an attempt to freeze them out, and following other incidents of pushing and hurting student campaigners, alognside the attempted victimisation of a students’ union representative involved in the campaign.

Just hours earlier, over a hundred students at Cambridge University held a Cops Off Campus demo against the threat of violent eviction placed on student occupiers by university management last week.

Not only do we have the right to protest without facing violent repression by security, but UAL are doing this to clamp down on opposition to their part in the gentrification of Elephant and Castle and the driving out of local BME communities.

This is a disgrace! We stand with activists across the country in condemning the acts of LCC security and the orders of UAL management.

We demand that UAL cease its role in the gentrification of Elephant and Castle and respect the right of students to protest without being assaulted security.

Let’s make sure LCC remains the London College of Communication and not the London College of Gentrification.


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Anti-racists outnumber FLA thugs in Manchester by TOMÁŠ TENGELY-EVANS

ANTI-RACISTS outnumbered the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) — by two to one—last Saturday for the first time since the group began mobilising on the streets last summer. Over 600 joined the rally in Manchester against the racist group, organised by Stand up To Racism (SUTR) Manchester and Unite Against Fascism. They rallied in St Peter’s Square then marched down next to where the FLA had gathered to chants of, “Whose streets? Our streets.” Shazzia from the Labour Party came as part of the SUTR delegation from the West Midlands. She told Socialist Worker that the FLA was in Manchester “to build hatred and division”. “By being here today we’ve shown that they are not going to divide us,” she said. “There is a majority of us and a minority of them.” The anti-racist turnout was built through broad-based support from Labour MPs, councillors and national and local trade unions. Dawn Taylor, NEU union divisional secretary, had come with a delegation from one of the dozens of trade unionists who supported the demonstration with banners. Speak “The FLA does not speak for this city,” she told Socialist Worker. “Manchester is as diverse as it comes. As the chant goes—we’re black, white, Asian and we’re gay.” In a sharp contrast to the confidence on the anti-racist side, the FLA supporters were dour, demoralised and divided. They turned out at most 300—compared to 20,000 in London last October and 3,000 in Birmingham in March. The FLA had planned to march through the city centre on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing to encourage Islamophobia. But, as their march wasn’t allowed to go ahead, at most 250 rallied in a near-empty Castlefield Bowl. Over 50 remained drinking in the adjacent Castlefield Hotel balcony, noticeably disappointed by their numbers. FLA supporters in the crowd commented, “This is fucking shit” to one another and blamed the leadership for “poor organisation like in Birmingham”. While smaller than their earlier outings, far right and racist politics ran through the rally much more openly (see below). The danger of the far right regrouping has not gone away. The Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), a larger breakaway group on the up, plans to march in Manchester on 2 June. It was part of a 4,000-strong march and rally called by fascist former EDL leader Tommy Robinson in London earlier this month. The DFLA is acting as bridge between the fascists and Ukip. Anti-racists will have to mobilise again in large numbers on 2 June.

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