General Meeting 2nd February 2022

posted 3 Feb 2022, 06:53 by NEU Secretary   [ updated 3 Feb 2022, 06:57 ]


1.  Prioritisation of Motions for National Conference


12 motions were put forward for consideration and the meeting voted to prioritise the following 6 motions:

49 Palestine, 30 Anti Racism, 28 Climate Crisis, 5 Ofsted, 51 Long covid, 16 Primary Education


2. Motions Submitted by Members

 A)    WomensAid

Islington NEU recognises that domestic abuse is a problem faced by far too many people in our society. A problem which has increased during the COVID pandemic.

Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse and sexual violence and that whilst this affects women regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class or disability we recognise that women who experience other forms of discrimination and oppression may face further barriers to disclosing abuse.

We therefore agree to donate £500 to Womensaid ( to help in their work against domestic abuse.

 B)    UN Antiracism Day and Fighting for Antiracist Workplaces conference

 Islington NEU believes:

That we face a growing racist offensive by Boris Johnson’s government with the Nationality & Borders bill attacking the right to asylum and the government’s CRED report denying the existence of the institutional racism hi-lighted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The he government continues to deploy the politics of divide and rule scapegoating refugees, migrants and the Muslim community.

The government’s new police bill targets BLM activists and the GRT community and strengthens police powers despite the ongoing reality of black communities facing disproportionate use of stop and search and deaths in police contact.

On an international scale governments are attempting to deflect criticism of their handling of the COVID-19 and economic crisis by using racism.

Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise and the Far Right are a growing threat.

We resolve:

1.      To support the international day of action to mark UN Antiracism Day on Saturday 19 March 2022.

2.      To support Stand Up To Racism and the TUC’s events across England, Scotland and Wales to maximise the turn out from members of our branch

3.      To support the ‘Fighting for Anti Racist workplaces’ conference on Saturday 5 February 2022 and  to pay for up to six delegates fees.

4.      To re-affiliate to Stand Up To Racism.


C)    NEU – Afghanistan Appeal

Islington NEU notes:

      The growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan following the return of Taliban rule and the freezing of overseas aid into the country.

      Afghanistan was already one of the world’s toughest places to be a child or a teacher. Now the situation is desperate.

      10 million children require humanitarian assistance. Millions of girls are unable to return to school. Women, including teachers and other educators, are confined to the home.

      UNHCR has reported that more than 500,000 Afghan people had been internally displaced since the start of the year, bringing the total number of internally displaced people to over 3.5 million. In addition, 2.2 million Afghan refugees are registered in Iran and Pakistan.

      The Director of the World Food Programme has said “the next six months will be hell on Earth” - 23 million people are facing starvation.


Islington NEU welcomes:

      The partnership between the NEU and Save The Children to urgently raise vital funds to support Save the Children’s lifesaving humanitarian work in the country.


Islington NEU resolves:

      To donate £500 to the NEU Save the Children fundraising appeal at the following link:

D)   Geffrye Campaign

Islington NEU

1. Congratulates the Colston 4 on their victory in the law courts, following the over-turning of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston.

2. Re-iterates its support for the ongoing campaign supported by Diane Abbott MP, local councillors, Hackney Stand Up To Racism and others for the re-siting of the statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye at the Musuem of the Home

3. Notes the forthcoming publication of a pamphlet from the Caribbean Labour solidarity, giving a detailed historical account of Geffrye’s career and activities, including his involvement in the slave trade and agrees to purchase copies of the pamphlet for distribution to school groups.

E) A Memorial in Barking Town Square to those who died from exposure to Asbestos

 Islington NEU notes that Barking and Dagenham Trades Council is seeking financial support to renew and replace the existing memorial to those workers who died from exposure to Asbestos, which has fallen into disrepair.

We therefore agree to donate £250 towards the fund.