General Meeting 5th July 2022

posted 6 Jul 2022, 03:36 by NEU Secretary

                                                            

1.      Motions submitted by Members

 

Emergency motions on (i) No school based police officers and (ii) Motion in Support of the Human Rights Act were proposed and the meeting agreed to take the motions as C and D respectively.


A)    Support for the RMT -  Agreed unanimously

 Islington NEU notes and applauds the recent strike action by members of RMT to address the deterioration in their pay, to stop compulsory redundancies and against detrimental changes to their working conditions and schedules.

 We believe that a victory for the RMT will be a victory for all workers and will encourage other groups of workers to fightback against the biggest cost of living crisis in a generation or more.

 We agree to:

  • a)     Contact the local RMT branch to offer our full support to their action
  • b)     To encourage members to attend picket lines
  • c)      To invite an RMT member to our next meeting
  • d)     To donate £500 to the RMT national dispute fund.

 

 B)    Medical Aid for Palestine – Agreed unanimously

Islington NEU recognizes the incredible work done by MAP throughout the occupied territories in ensuring that hospitals and medical facilities such as the Al Shifat hospital in Gaza receive much needed aid. The attack on civilians is never ending and in addition they deal with illnesses of all kinds including cancer. Many of the cancer patients are not able to travel to more sophisticated hospitals or when they are children travel alone.

In recent times attacks on Palestinians have increased at a rapid pace as the world stands by and although some are critical nothing much in the way of proper action stops Israel from doing as it pleases.

Islington NEU agrees to donate £500 towards MAP

C)    No school-based police officers  – Agreed unanimously

 This branch notes 

1. The recent increase in the number of school-based police officers across the country.

2. That any conversation around crime must be placed into the context of a decade of austerity which has seen cuts to social services, public services and education. It’s also seen real term wages decline, rents and child poverty increase.

3. The institutional racism in both the criminal justice and education system with significant disparities faced by black students and communities.

4. Studies from the US suggests that school-based police officer have no impact on school staff and student safety. However, the consequences of having school-based police officers can be unintended and damaging where:

- Students and staff previously willing to disclose information may be reluctant due to an onsite police presence.

- The criminalisation of black students and their behaviour

- Creating the perception of a school needing an onsite police officer where in reality cases of knife crime and assaults are extremely rare.

- Students and staff may have had previously traumatic experiences with the police and

witnessed police brutality over the summer on social media and in their own communities.

- The surveillance of students to build intelligence that may contribute to gang databases, which we know to be racially discriminate in make up through the criminalisation of non- criminal behaviours (culture, interests e.g. music).

- The harmonisation of the education and the criminal system –where half of the children prison population is BAME and seen in the development of ‘secure schools’ replacing Youth Offender institutions and run by multi-academy trusts.

5. In some areas, including Islington, local Copwatch groups have been set up to monitor the activities of the police.

This union branch resolves to:

1. Support alternatives to school-based police officers including pastoral support, properly funded restorative justice, social workers and funded education and public services.

2. Work with relevant reps and school groups to oppose the appointment of school based police officers.

3.Support campaigning for police free schools in Islington, London and the country as a whole.

 

D)   Motion in Support of the Human Rights Act – Agreed unanimously

Islington NEU notes with concern the intention of the Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. We condemn the cynical nature of this move as a response to the European Court of Human Rights blocking the removal of refugees to Rwanda.

Islington NEU believes that the Human Rights Act enshrines fundamental rights such as that of the right to family life which will be eroded when replaced with a British Bill of Rights. The Human Rights Act is thus important in ensuring that the basic rights of those who do not hold powerful positions in the country can be upheld by the courts.

As educators we are particularly concerned that vulnerable children of immigrants may be split from their families in the government’s stated aim to make it easier to deport foreign nationals.

Islington NEU commits to:

1. Raising this issue with local MPs, Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry and asking them to oppose the bill to repeal the Human Rights Act and ask pertinent questions such as why the majority opinion in their consultation on this issue was ignored.

2. Support families with children in local schools, where a member of the family faces deportation.

3. Support demonstrations and campaigns against the repeal of the Human Rights Act.


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