Motions passed at General Meetings and the AGM


General Meeting 26th June 2018

posted 2 Jul 2018, 03:13 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary   [ updated 2 Jul 2018, 03:14 ]


 

Nominations for NEU National Executive.

 

Jess Edwards , James Kerr, Alex Kenny

 

Nomination for Equalities Seat  – Black Members


Daniel Kebede. 


A)  Pay

Islington NEU (NUT section) notes:

1.      The motion on Greater London Pay passed at the National Conference which instructs the executive of the NUT section of the NEU to “Carry out research on costs In London and Fringe areas in order to submit a claim on Inner London, Outer London and Fringe allowances which reflects living costs as part of our national pay claim, in addition to the NEU call for a 5% rise for all teachers.”

2.      The motion also calls on the NEU to seek to work with other unions in raising this demand and demands on the government to control housing costs.

3.      That the formula for London weighting should be set, as it was before 1984, by a Pay Advisory board for London, which researches the differential between living costs in London and elsewhere and sets London weighting on that basis.

4.      That in the period 2010-2017 teachers pay rose by 6.1% whilst London house prices rose on average by 71%.

5.      That the differential between house prices in London and elsewhere in England has risen from around 30% in the 1970s to over 140% today (around 130% for rents).

This association believes:

1.      That one of the guiding principles of our London weighting claim should be that we need a demand for a minimum flat rate that would be applicable to all workers in London, and that we should seek to work with other unions on that basis.

2.      That the recommendation of Donald Hirsch for Trust for London for a minimum of “over £6000” for all London workers in 2016 should be updated and applied.

3.      That negotiation’s on London weighting should include demands to bring down house prices through rent controls and an extension of council house building.

4.      That the NEU should work towards a single London rate and an end to the wide divide between Inner London and Outer London pay that no longer reflects the realities of the London market.

5.      That if the national pay claim is settled without an acceptable increase in London weighting we should be prepared to move as quickly as possible towards London-wide industrial action on the lines of action taken previously in 2002.

This Association resolves:

1.      To send this motion to our exec members and the General Secretary.

2.      To support housing campaigns in the local area and support demands for local housing plans and a London Plan which supports genuinely affordable housing.

3.      To support any school where pressures on living costs have led staff to ballot for action on increasing pay at school level.


B)  30 Years since Section 28

Islington NEU (NUT Section) notes:


1. that 2018 is the anniversary of the passing of Section 28 which set out to ban ' the promotion of homosexuality in schools'.
2. that since its abolition there has been an improvement in the way that LGBT+ issues are dealt with in many schools, yet there are still lots of schools that do not have policies on LGBT+ issues or feature appropriate materials/ resources in their curriculum
3. the growing ability of teachers in our union to give a lead in creating and sharing an array of initiatives to make our schools fit for the 21st century on LGBT+ issues.

This association/ division believes:
1. that it is time to make all our schools LGBT+ friendly and that the NEU should be at the forefront of initiatives that challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
2. That all teachers can challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

This association resolves to:

1. support the '30 Years since Section 28 - LGBT+ Education in the 21st Century' event taking place at Hamilton House on Saturday 3rd November 2018.
2. Fund members (£10) who wish to attend the event.

 

C) Impact of Heathrow expansion on children's health and learning

 

Islington NEU (NUT Section) notes that:

 

·         high levels of noise affects children's learning and health

·         aircraft noise affects children’s performance in school and children attending noise exposed schools usually live in noise exposed homes.  

·         aircraft noise exposure outside school hours, especially in the early morning or late at night, will also impact on children’s learning and school performance. 

·         Tasks which involve central processing and language comprehension, such as reading, attention and problem solving and memory, are most affected by exposure to aircraft noise. 

·         Language based tasks are more affected by noise exposure than non-language-based tasks and studies of English tests shows that aircraft noise exposure affects performance.

·         Noise level is also significantly related to mathematical performance. As noise increases performance drops.

·         High levels of aircraft noise will impact on everyday activities such as homework, schoolwork and playing.

·         High noise exposed children have been found to have higher rates of hyperactivity than those exposed to low noise.

·         A South African study found that 68.7% of people residing near the airport presented with hearing loss, compared to 6.5% of those living further away. 

·         Investigation of the influence of high-frequency aircraft noise on the function of the auditory system in school age children confirmed damage to the peripheral cochlear mechanism in the group living close to the airport.

·         Long term aircraft noise exposure has been significantly associated with chronic noise stress, which is significantly associated with hypertension.

·         Since aircraft noise can cause stress in people we would expect to find higher usages of medicines and drugs to alleviate stress and help sleep in aircraft noise exposed neighbourhoods. This has been found to be the case for physician visits for hypertension, psychological and psychosomatic problems and cardiovascular disease and for the prescriptions of medicine drugs.

·         Night-time exposure to aircraft noise is also significantly associated with impairment of recognition memory.

·         An additional 24 schools will suffer from aircraft noise above the maximum levels recommended by the World Health Organisation if a third runway is built. 

·         The national average school size is 220 pupils per primary school and 950 pupils per secondary school, so this would result in somewhere between 5,280 to 22,800 extra children at risk of decreased educational attainment. 

·         Current Government policy expects airport operators to other acoustic insulation to noise sensitive buildings, such as schools and hospitals, exposed to levels of noise of 63 dBA Leq or more, but this is significantly above the onset threshold for impairing memory and learning in children indicated by the RANCH study of 50 dBA Leq. 

·         In 2015 Heathrow Airport finished providing insulation for 42 community buildings (including schools and nursing homes) that were within the 63 dBA Leq noise contour in 2002, at a cost of £4.8 million. Over 460 schools are exposed to aircraft noise from Heathrow Airport above 54 dBA Leq and the vast majority have not received any form of insulation from the airport. 

·         Heathrow expansion would lead to more schools being over own than would be affected without expansion, with an additional 24 schools being newly overflown by a significant number of planes, with a maximum noise level above 70 dBA. 

For all these reasons, and because expansion of airports will make it impossible to sustain essential targets to reduce climate change, we call on 

·  the National Union to oppose Heathrow expansion and issue a statement on the lines of the points above

·  our local MPs to do likewise.

Copies of this resolution will be sent to our London Executive members, our local MPs and letters sent to the local papers.


 

Unity against the far right

Islington NEU endorses the recent statement (below) on the need for unity against the far right, signed, among others, by our General Secretary, Kevin Courtney.

We reaffirm our support for the 13 July protest against the visit of the racist, misogynistic, homophobic US President Donald Trump and agree to support the counter demonstration called by Stand Up to Racism to the far right demonstration in support of the currently imprisoned fascist Tommy Robinson the next day, on Saturday 14 July.

Statement: We must unite to halt the rise of the far-right

The 15,000 strong violent far right protest to ‘free Tommy Robinson’ on Saturday 9 June has raised major questions for all those who value our diversity.

The racist right—from hardcore Nazis, through the FLA/DFLA to ‘For Britain’ and UKIP—are using Robinson to re-organise. Nazi salutes and Islamophobia were at the centre of the mobilisation.

 This is the first serious attempt since the collapse of the English Defence League (EDL) to develop a racist street movement and give it a political form. It is supported internationally by notorious figures including Geert Wilders from the Dutch Islamophobic right and Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump.

 It is absolutely vital that all who oppose this come together in a united mass movement powerful enough to drive these new developments on the far-right back.

 Donald Trump has played a major role in galvanising the racist right. When he arrives on 12-14 July we will take to the streets to protest against his racism. And when Robinson’s supporters take to the streets again on 14 July we will protest against them too.

 Wherever the far right’s support grows so does racism and violence. Let's come together to defend our multicultural society from those who spread hatred and division.

 


 

General Meeting 8th May 2018

posted 15 May 2018, 03:25 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary   [ updated 15 May 2018, 03:26 ]


Nominations for NEU National Treasurer.

Alex Kenny 


Nominations for national NEU Membership and Equalities officer.

Louise Regan

 

Motions

 

A)     Mobilisation Against the Democratic Football Lads Alliance

 

Islington NEU (NUT Section) fully supports the mobilisation called by Stand up to Racism against the DFLA in London on Sunday 6th May and the one planned for Manchester on Saturday 19th May. We agree to donate £100 to STUR to help pay for the publicity and organisation of these mobilisations.

Further, we welcome the National Union’s statement in support of the victims of the racist Windrush scandal and demand that all those involved are suitably compensated. We welcome the resignation of Amber Rudd , but recognise that she was implementing the ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants establish by her predecessor Theresa May.

We believe that within this context of institutionalised racism the invitation to Donald Trump in July is a further provocation and we agree to support the mobilisations against his visit organised by ‘Together Against Trump’.


           B) Dates for Conference 2019

Islington NEU (NUT Section)  is dismayed that conference 2019 has been booked for Monday to Thursday 15th to 19th April. Whilst this falls in the Easter holiday for Islington schools we believe that it is term time for activists from a significant number of Divisions. These dates will mean many delegates and key activists would be unable to attend next year. Choosing term-time working days, especially those so close to SATs and exams, would hit at the heart of the lay-led nature and ethos of our union. It will impact particularly severely on members with families and supply teachers. Women delegates are likely to be disadvantaged disproportionately.

The decision has been made with no consultation directly with Divisions. It appears that communication was so poor about the implications of this, that many NEC members were also unaware. We have heard that, when planning this, a false assumption may have been made that all schools would be on holiday.

We understand that changing the dates now will be difficult and will come with some costs. However we believe that changes must be made to allow all possible activists to attend.

We request that the Joint Executive Council:

1. Cancels arrangements made for 15th to 19th April.

2. Consults Divisions and Associations on suitable alternative dates reminding them of the various national term time dates and urging them to avoid suggesting dates that may be problematic to others.

3. Publishes the results of this consultation.

4. Chooses and books dates which fit with the consultation outcome


      C) Reproductive Rights

 ITA sends a message of solidarity to the Together for Yes campaign in the Republic of Ireland, the Northern Irish Alliance for Choice and the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign in recognition of their campaigning for women's reproductive rights.

 

General Meeting 1st March 2018

posted 5 Mar 2018, 07:57 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary

A) UCU Strike Action

Islington NEU (NUT Section) congratulates UCU members on their successful strike ballot in defence of university pensions and further education pay.

We recognise that the strike action is crucial in the defence of publicly provided higher and further education and the conditions of the university and college workers working within it.

  • We agree to send messages of support to the strikers and donate £200 to the UCU strike hardship fund
  • ITA urges all NEU Reps to organise collections in their school
  • ITA urges the national union to make a substantial donation to the UCU to enable them to make adequate strike action pay to their members  

A     

B    B)  Palestine

The crisis in the Palestinian Health system is acute with the blockade of Gaza and severe restrictions in travel to the East Jerusalem Hospital.

This association agrees to sponsor Jane Hartley and donate £200 to Medical Aid for Palestine.

We also agree to circulate the Just Giving page to members and ask the London Region to circulate to branches

 

B    C)  Planning for  a future that won't cost the Earth

Islington NEU (NUT section) recognises: 

·         the urgency of organising for a just transition to a zero carbon economy

·         that the labour movement will have to take a lead on this

welcomes:

·         the conference on Planning for a Future that won't cost the Earth called by the Campaign Against Climate Change at Hamilton House on March 10th

·         and agrees to finance up to 5 delegate(s) (£10 each to register).

 

General Meeting - 23rd January 2018

posted 30 Jan 2018, 05:43 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary


2)      Nominations for National Elections

General Secretary - Kevin Courtney 

Black Executive Constituency Member - Daniel Kebede 


3)      Prioritisation of 2018 Annual Conference Motions

It was proposed and agreed unanimously that we prioritised the 6 motions previously submitted by Islington.

4, 6, 19, 31, 47 and 64

 

4)      Election of Islington Delegates to Annual Conference 2018

Nominations have been received for  Tony Buttifint and Paddy de Cleir as delegates and Ken Muller as an observer.

Further nominations were sought from the meeting to fill the remaining vacancies – Harry Madgwick-Lawton and Joseph Vincent were agreed.

 

5)      Motions submitted by members. 

 

B)     NHS  

 

Islington NEU notes the serious situation facing the NHS with Ambulances queuing for hours to hand over seriously ill patients, patients being left in corridors waiting for beds, and operations being postponed.

 We believe that these problems are being caused by an under funding ofm the service with cuts, bed closures, pay restraints and privatisation.

 We support the demonstration called by Health Campaigns Together & The People’s Assembly on Saturday 3rd February in central London and agree to support and publicise the demonstration.

 

          C)     Banning of the hijab

Islington Teachers Association notes:

1.      The announcement by the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, (19 November, 2017) that Ofsted inspectors will question girls wearing the hijab in primary schools.

2.      The campaign by the Sunday Times to ban the wearing of the hijab in primary schools.

3.      The call by the head of governors at St Stephen’s school in the London Borough of Newham, published in the Sunday Times, that the government should override school autonomy in deciding uniform policy on the hijab.

4.      The majority of victims of anti-Muslim hate crime are women and girls, those wearing the hijab, niqab or robe being disproportionately targeted. The majority of perpetrators being white men.

 

We believe:

1.      The targeting of dress choices by Muslim women and parents is part of a wider demonisation of Muslim communities and is a form of sexist and racial profiling.

2.      Calls to ban girls from wearing the hijab or to question Muslim school girls on their dress can only further fuel Islamophobic abuse and hate crime against Muslim women and girls and fuel bullying, intolerance and division in our schools.

3.      Reducing the hijab to a symbol of sexualisation, fans racist stereotypes. It ignores other interpretations the hijab holds for individuals such as a display of culture, a sign of faith, or a symbol of empowerment and resistance.

4.      There is a real issue of sexualisation and sexual harassment of girls in schools; however, this is unrelated to the hijab as a chosen form of dress.

5.      The issue of fasting should be a matter of sensitive discussion between schools, parents and a child and should not be subject to mandatory rulings.

 

We  resolve to:

1.      Write to all governing bodies of primary schools in the division requesting:

i.       They assure all parents that there will be no change in school uniform policy relating to the headscarf.

ii.     They write to Ofsted objecting to any proposals involving discriminatory targeting of Muslim girls on the basis of their dress, including bans or questioning of Muslim girls by inspectors.

2.      Publicise as far as possible opposition in the local press and support campaigns in opposition to any proposals to ban the hijab as an option or introduce government enforcement of particular uniform policies on schools.

3.      To seek support from Islington Council for resisting any proposals to ban the wearing of the hijab in schools.

 


General Meetings 21st November 2017

posted 23 Nov 2017, 03:24 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 03:25 ]

Motion - Stand up to Racism

Islington Teachers Association agrees:


  1. To continue to affiliate to Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), to publicise its national and local initiatives to our members and to delegate at least one member to attend Islington SUTR planning meetings. (http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/join-donate/)
  2. To support and promote as far as possible the joint SUTR/Care4Calais Winter Appeal and convoy to Calais on Saturday 9 December for refugees still living in Calais and its surrounding area, or in Paris and Brussels.
  3. To donate £50 to the Appeal. (Cheques payable to Care4Calais. Individual donation can be made online at Care4Calais.org.)
  4. To urge members to help on the street stalls planned at the Angel and the Nag’s Head in Holloway Road from 2pm on Saturday 25 November to collect for the appeal and advertise the convoy.
  5. To support and send up to six delegates to the SUTR Trade Union Conference on 10 February.
  6. To support and encourage members to attend the March Against Racism in Central London on UN Anti-Racism Day.
  7. To purchase 100 Teachers Stand Up to Racism badges.


 Motions for National Conference

 

Motions were proposed, discussed and agreed unanimously on the following topics.

 

1.     Young Teacher: Fighting for a future in our profession   

2.     The Housing Crisis  

3.     Climate change and the curriculum  

4.     Fair Pay for Teachers 

5.     Secondary assessment/Curriculum  

6.     Racism and Migration  


Sexism, Harassment and Stereotyping in Schools

This association notes :

i)                    Recent surveys have highlighted unacceptable levels of sexism and sexual harassment of young girls in schools, much of which is unreported

ii)                   The widespread view that gender stereotyping is getting worse and that there are increased pressures on young people to conform to so called gender norms

iii)                 More than two women are killed in this country every week as a result of “domestic violence” and that this affects many of the children we teach

iv)                 Girls are still underrepresented in STEM subjects and courses

v)                  The success of NUT projects Stereotypes Stop You Doing Stuff and Breaking the Mould

vi)                 Support members and schools to develop resources that will positively affect emotional literacy among male students.

We agree to support a conference proposed  by other NEU Associations on this subject and agree to donate £250 towards the organisational costs.

General Meeting 28th September 2017

posted 3 Oct 2017, 01:36 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary


5)      Nominations for National Vice President. Publicity had been received from two candidates, Kauser Jan and John Wiseman.

 Kauser Jan nominated  No other nominations. Passed

 

6)      Motions

C) Climate Change

 In view of the increasing urgency of the need to take immediate measures to combat climate breakdown shown by the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the floods in Northern India Islington NEU (NUT section) agrees to

1) affiliate to the Campaign Against Climate Change (£25) and to make a donation of £100 to the campaign.

2) circulate our reps with a sustainable schools checklist to take up with management.

 

 B) Krakow/Auschwitz trip

With the continuing threat from racist and fascist groups across Europe, and the rise of racial violence and open antisemitism since Trump was elected in America, we recognise the crucial role that teachers can play in educating young people about the history of racism and fascism and in providing positive anti-racist and anti-fascist messages to their students.

Islington NEU (NUT) welcomes that fact that Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism are once again organising an educational trip to memorial sites and museums in Krakow, Poland, and the Auschwitz death camp from 16-20 November. In addition to the site visits there will be specialist talks/presentations and a guided walk.

This branch resolves to sponsor at least 2 local members to go on this trip by paying for their costs for hotel/breakfast/trips/lectures. (£225 single room/£140 shared)

Those sponsored would be expected to pay for their own flights and to commit themselves to reporting back from the visit and feeding their insights and knowledge gained into their ongoing education work and into the anti-racist work of the Association.

Priority would be given to young members of the association, and to BAME members.

We agree to support and send delegates to the Stand Up To Racism conference on Saturday 21st October at Friends Meeting House in Central London.

We also agree to support the ‘Where next for the fight against racism?’ Public Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday  10th October at Islington town Hall, organised by Islington SUTR.

 

A)   D) Pay

Islington Teachers Association notes:

  1. The 14% real cut in teachers’ and other public-sector workers’ pay since 2010 because of the Coalition and Tory government public sector worker pay cap.
  2. The recent Equality Trust analysis which found that FTSE 100 chief executives are now paid 165 times more than a nurse, 140 times more than a teacher, 132 times more than a police officer and 312 times more than a care worker.
  3. Opinion research which finds that a majority of the UK public believe that the pay cap should be scrapped.

We welcome:

  1. Demands by many trade union leaders at this month’s TUC congress that the pay cap should end and that all public-sector workers should get across the board pay rises substantially above the rate of inflation.
  2. Calls at the Congress for public sector trade unions to co-ordinate strike action if necessary to achieve this objective and announcements by the PCS, UCU and POA that they intend to ballot their members on taking such action.
  3. Support from Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell for public-sector workers taking action against the pay cap.
  4. Joint demonstrations that have been called by a number of public-sector unions, including the NUT, and especially the Britain deserves a pay rise – end the pay cap now demonstration and rally in London on 17 October.
  5. The continuation of the successful NUT/NEU schools funding campaign which is complementary to our demand for a pay-rise which goes some way, at least, to restore the value of teachers’ pay to what it was in 2010 and attract sufficient new recruits to the profession.

We agree:

  1. To mobilise as many Islington teachers (and parents) as possible to attend the demonstration on 17 October.
  2. To co-ordinate our efforts with other public-sector trade unions in Islington, as well as well as with parent groups such as Islington Fair Funding for Schools.
  3. To call on the national union to join other public-sector unions in balloting members this term for national strike action against the public sector pay cap, recognising that the widely-acknowledged legitimacy of and support for our demand for a substantial pay-rise means that a ballot outcome which complies with legal requirements is achievable.


Emergency Motion – Young Teachers

This division / association notes:

That teachers under 35 make up 47% of the in service membership of this branch, reflecting the relatively youthful nature of the teaching profession in this area.

45% of respondents to a recent NUT survey of young teachers indicated they're considering quitting the profession in the next five years with unsustainable workload cited as a major factor affecting this. 

In London this is compounded by the high cost of living with 60% of respondents to the London Young Teachers Housing Campaign survey indicating they could not see themselves in London in the next five years, the majority citing the high cost of living as the primary factor driving them out.

These are issues faced by older members but they can be particularly acute for young teachers at the start of their careers and in a more precarious situation.

This branch believes:

(i)             That we must strive to increase the participation of young teachers at branch, regional and national level. This will improve the short term health of the union but is essential for the long term sustainability of a lay-led union.

(ii)            That a conscious effort must be made to facilitate young teachers being active and we will review how the branch operates accordingly.

This branch resolves:

To strive for the percentage of young teachers in the branch to be reflected in those holding positions as reps, officers and conference delegates, while balancing the need to increase representation of under-represented groups.

To disseminate the London Young Teachers Network Fair Workload Charter to reps and members and invite a member of the network to address a future branch meeting. 

To ensure there is an active Young Teacher Officer in post as soon as is practical, in line with the rules of the union. 

To ensure that the Young Teacher Officer has an input into the content of meetings, that issues pertinent to young teachers are routinely included on the agenda and that and that a conscious effort is made to mobilise young teachers for divisional meetings.

B)      Holloway Redevelopment

Islington NEU (NUT):

·  notes the government's plan to sell off the site of Holloway Prison for redevelopment.

·  recognises that London is an increasingly unaffordable city for teachers and other key workers

·  notes that redevelopments left to developers concentrate on high profitability gentrification with a few "affordable" homes tacked on as an afterthought; sometimes with "poor doors"

·  commends the campaign for a Community Plan and open day on 30 September (see attached) which some schools have already circulated to parents.

calls for

·  ALL the housing in the redevelopment to be built for rent, with rents set at a level the average worker can meet

·  For a variety of homes, public spaces and facilities; so the development contains a range of generations with the possibility of building a community

·  For all the buildings erected to be zero carbon and, preferably generating more energy than they use

·  For the local community, including schools, to be involved in the planning and development process

·  For the importance of the historical site in the fight for women's suffrage to be publically marked.

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General Meeting 27th June 2017

posted 3 Jul 2017, 04:04 by general office

A      General Election Result and Further Cuts Campaign


Islington NUT believes the outcome of the general election shows there is huge backing for social justice and anti-austerity policies in this country. The proposed deal for a minority government supported by the DUP is a deal with a homophobic, anti-choice and bigoted organisation whose views are rejected by the majority of the population in this country and are at odds with the ethos and policies of our union.

 We note the excellent role the NUT played in the election campaign, along with parents’ organisations and others, and believe it played a key role in shaping the campaign against austerity.

 We agree to send a message to Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornbury thanking them for putting education at the forefront of their campaigns.

 We further agree to:

1. Congratulate the NUT on the role it played in the campaign with evidence showing large numbers of people changed their voting intentions because of it.

2. Continue working with Fair Funding for All Schools and other parent organisations to encourage more parental involvement in our area and to consider what campaigning activities we can organise this term.

3.Call upon the national union to continue to work to expand the campaign against cuts, and against SATs, and other regressive polices such as the re-introduction of grammar schools.

4. Back action in any school or team threatened by cuts.

5. Support the London demonstration called for Sunday 16th July and encourage all members to attend.

6. Work with sister unions and parent organisations and others to organise a national demonstration against education cuts in the autumn term.

7. Ask the executive to consider taking national strike action in the autumn term alongside or in addition to such a demonstration.

8. We welcome the formation of the Islington Parents fair funding for schools group and agree to support its activities.

 

 Democratic Unionist Party

Islington NUT is appalled by the proposed deal being arranged between the Tory party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order for them to form a minority government.

 We note that the DUP:

  •   has supported the grammar school system, segregation of school students on the basis of religion and the introduction and maintenance of university fees and several of its senior members have supported the introduction of the teaching of creationism in schools alongside or as an alternative to science
  • has long been a staunch opponent of marriage equality and reproductive rights
  • has no policy on climate change and several senior members, including a former minister for the environment have denied the existence of climate change
  • supports investment in a replacement nuclear weapons programme for Trident.
  • maintains the support of and close ties to the para-military organisations the Ulster Defence Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force
  • has supported sectarianism through its support for the the Orange Order and Islamophobia through its association with and support for Pastor James McConnell and his comments that Islam is "heathen," "satanic," and "a doctrine spawned in hell."

We recognise that such views are at odds with the ethos and policies of our union and we firmly oppose them.

 

Austerity Fight Film

ITA notes that Phil Maxwell, a previous member at C & I, is making a feature length documentary film about campaigns against austerity. The film will be premiered at the East End Film festival in London this year. The film will aim to give a voice to those who are not normally heard including those who are suffering from austerity and are actively campaigning against it. NUT members have been interviewed for the film.

ITA welcomes the Austerity Fight film and agrees to donate £100 towards its production.

 

Grenfell Fire


Islington NUT believes that the Grenfell Tower fire is not a “failure of the state” (T.May) but a failure of the government and ruling party to take its responsibility for the care and safety of all citizens seriously. In particular they have

  •         discouraged concern for health and safety and sought to deregulate building standards
  •         encouraged a climate where private contractors building or renovating social housing have felt able to cut corners, do shoddy work, use cheap and inadequate materials and bully tenants and service users not to complain about it.
  •         sought to “socially cleanse” central London of anyone unable to afford market rents.
  •        failed so badly at local level in co-ordinating the emergency response that essential support work has had to be carried out by other councils and voluntary groups.

Those elements of the emergency services that they have not managed to cut responded heroically; and communities across London have shown a human solidarity that puts the government to shame.

We support the call for:

  •         empty houses and flats bought as investments and left empty to be Compulsory Purchased by the state and for the surviving former tenants of Grenfell to be rehoused in them at the rents they were paying previously and for this to be seen as a precedent for dealing with housing need.
  •         combustible cladding materials such as that use on Grenfell to be banned immediately and removed with full funding from central government.
  •         all contractors and the TMO to be held accountable for their failures.
  •         all people conducting fire risk assessments to be properly trained.
  •         the public inquiry to fully engage with the tenants and their action group and tenants and their legal representatives to be funded by government
  •         the resignation of all those responsible for this, starting with the  leader of the council and the former Minister for Housing, Gavin Barwell, now the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, for his failure to review fire safety in tower blocks following the recommendations of the report into the Lakanal House fire
  •        all councils to immediately retro fit all tower blocks with sprinklers to be funded by the government
  •         the reversal of cuts to fire service and the stepping up of their fire safety role.
  •         the government to requisition high quality temporary accommodation for those displaced from homes in Kensington and those affected in Camden
  •         an immediate updated of building regulations
  •        meaningful consultation with residents in all social housing.

We  note that there has never been a death by fire in a building fitted with sprinklers and recognise that the government’s plan to downgrade the planning regulations for new schools in England contrary to the advice of the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, the Fire Sector Federation, the Chief Fire Officers Association, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), as well as NUT, so that in the new Building Bulletin
  •         the previous requirement to install sprinklers was made optional
  •         there would no longer any encouragement to use non-combustible cladding
  •         cloakrooms were removed from the list of places that are considered a special fire risk.

was only withdrawn as a result of the outcry arising from this fire.
We further recognise that this government will do only as much as it is forced to do on this matter and as little as it can get away with and that deregulation in the interests of cutting costs is its default position.

We resolve to :

  •         clarify with the council the position of all schools in relation to cladding and sprinklers
  •        write to the secretary of state expressing these concerns, to copy in our local MPs
  •       Write to the Tribune and the Gazette

Finsbury Park Terorist Attack


 Islington NUT sends its support and condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters attacked in Finsbury Park last night. 

 This was an Islamophobic terrorist attack, designed to inflict maximum harm and fear among Muslims not just in Islington but throughout the UK.

 It was aimed at dividing our community at a time when we need to be united against racism, war and austerity.

 Islington NUT stands in solidarity with those killed or injured in last night's attack and with all their friends and relatives.

 We treasure our Muslim pupils,parents and teachers in Islington and will do everything in our power to support and defend them.

 

 

General Meeting 9th May 2017

posted 15 May 2017, 08:09 by general office


 Motion on Primary Testing

ITA fully supports the Union’s policy objective to bring about change in the system of primary assessment and the removal of SATs and high stakes testing.  We commend the work done by all those involved in The More Than a Score coalition and the work they have done on promoting an alternative to the current assessment system

We believe that the reforms announced by the current government, although a step in the right direction, do not significantly change the experience of children and teachers, or address the profession’s fundamental concerns.

We therefore fully support the decision taken by delegates at the unions Easter conference to conduct an internal NUT ballot of all primary members during the Autumn term to ascertain the levels of commitment for members in refusing to administer KS2 tests and if there is sufficient support shown ballot members as appropriate for a boycott of the 2018 SATs.


 Clean Energy

Islington NUT notes that 67 local authorities have pledged to take measures to use 100% clean energy by 2050.

We congratulate Islington for being one of these and resolve to write to the lead councillor on the environment asking:

1.      for an outline of the council’s plans to achieve this, particularly as they apply to schools

2.      for the council to disinvest from any remaining fossil fuel stocks held by the LA pension fund or other investments.

We agree to support the "Fossil free Islington" event at the Town Hall on Saturday 13th May to recognise the positive steps taken so far and urge their acceleration.

We further agree to pass this motion on to the Trades Council and circulate to other LA unions and local MPs.


CND

Islington NUT is shocked by the government's announcement that it would make first use of nuclear weapons in some circumstances. We recognise that this would be a crime against humanity for which there can be no justification.

We therefore resolve to

1.      Re-affiliate to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (at a cost of £25).

2.      Put a link to their peace education department on our website and alert our members to it by email.


Emergency resolution on EIS dispute.

ITA Agrees to send a message of support to the EIS in their current dispute and asks the committee to consider making a donation to their strike fund.

 

General Meeting 22nd September 2016

posted 26 Sep 2016, 04:44 by general office

  London Recruits 

ITA notes that a film is now being planned telling the story of the London Recruits. These were brave women and men who risked their lives in solidarity with the liberation struggle. Many were trade unionists, including members of the NUT.

At a time when ANC membership was banned, its activists executed or imprisoned, people travelled to South Africa disguised as honeymooning couples, tourists and business trippers to carry out clandestine missions.

From 1969, under the noses of the police, the recruits unfurled banners from landmarks, exploded home-made leaflet bombs at packed train stations and played rousing speeches to crowds from improvised sound systems, signaling to thousands of Africans living under the regime that the struggle for freedom was very much alive.

ITA agrees to donate £100 towards the making of the film so that now, nearly 50 years on, the legacy of their work can be celebrated on film.


Political Events   

 

Islington NUT resolves:

1.    To support the “unwelcome the Tories” protest called by the People’s Assembly at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham on Sunday 2 October and contribute £100 to the cost of hiring a coach from Islington to the demonstration and pay for coach tickets for those who wish to attend.

2.    To support and send up to six delegates to the Stand up to Racism national conference on 8 October which will be addressed by Jeremy Corbyn and our General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, among other speakers.

3.    To support and send up to six delegates to Unite the Resistance’s Organising to Win :Rebuilding Our Unions, Fighting Austerity conference on Saturday 12 November.

 

Marx Memorial Library   

ITA notes:

·         That the Marx Memorial Library has been a home for radical thought and activity since 1933

·         That it holds very valuable historical archives and collections, including material about the Spanish Civil War unavailable anywhere else

·         That the Library relies entirely on personal and organisational donations from individuals and groups, mainly trade unions

We believe;

·         That it is crucial to have spaces such as the Library where working people can discover their history and organise present struggles

·         That actively involving ourselves in the work and activity of the Library will be mutually beneficial and will help to link up our battles with those of others.

 

ITA therefore resolves;

·         To affiliate to the Library at a cost of £25.00 per year

·         To make a one off donation of £50

·         To circulate to our members information about the Library and it's programme of events and activities

 

 Cable Street 80 

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ITA notes that October 2016 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street when the people of East London won a crucial victory over Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. Trade unionists played a significant role in the Battle on that day and continue to play a key role in the urgent fight against fascism and all forms of racism today. The Cable Street 80 committee have called on trade unionists to support a march and rally in East London on Sunday October 9th. This event will honour the victory in 1936, and express our commitment to combating those who emulate Mosley’s movement today.

ITA agrees to support this march and rally by urging our members to join this march, and by donating £100 towards the costs of the event.

 

NUT campaign on funding and the White Paper 


ITA notes that the threat posed to our pay and conditions has not been diminished by the change of Prime Minister and Education Secretary. In fact we believe that with the possible reintroduction of grammar schools they are in even more danger.

We further note that the strike action taken by Islington members in July led to the full closure of 31 schools, with 14 others being closed to more than 50% of pupils. This strike action was taken by members with the clear message that it was not to be a one day protest and that it would be followed by further action in the autumn term.

We are therefore disappointed to hear that the National Executive has not named any dates for strike action so far this term. Whilst we recognise that we have not as yet got agreement from other educational unions to join us we believe that it is vital that we build on the strike action taken in July if we are to defend our pay and conditions of service, even if this means acting alone.

                  We believe

that although the government is in disarray after the EU referendum, in education as well as broader policy, they are

·   certain to press ahead with funding reductions, especially for urban schools

·   trying to stick to the assessment system that was such a mess this year

that our past strikes and broader campaigning have been instrumental in recent government retreats

·  the STPCD decision not to make it possible to move teachers back down the pay scale

·  the partial climb down on forced academisation

that the government's proposal to re-establish selection at 11

·  is a massive own goal on their part

·  will enable us to build a very broad united front to mobilise opposition in our communities and defeat it in Parliament

that for our campaigns on these matters to have the maximum impact we need

·  the strongest possible grassroots action in all our schools, not only mobilising members but also TAs and their unions along with parents and the wider community

·  to link up with others taking action on the same issues, like the NAHT on assessment, or similar issues, like the Junior Doctors on cuts and enforced changes in contract.

·  to take full advantage of the willingness of the new Labour leadership and front bench to support us unambiguously

We therefore resolve

1.      to produce a leaflet for parents making our case in sharp, clear language.

2.      to organise as many school based union group meetings as we can this term so that members are fully up to speed and prepared to campaign.

3.      to support school union groups that feel confident enough to organise meetings for parents so we can build supportive parent networks.

4.      to ask Islington North and South Labour Parties to take a speaker from the NUT on our campaigns this term.

5.      to organise three successive street stalls this term: on grammar schools, assessment and (once the proposal is clear) funding.

6.      to campaign for the maximum support and turn out for the Assessment Conference in December and the strongest possible turn out in the indicative ballot this term.

General Meeting 28th June 2016

posted 30 Jun 2016, 05:48 by general office   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 00:34 ]


1) Motion on Orlando

ITA is appalled at the tragedy which has unfolded in Orlando following the massacre by a lone gunman at a gay nightclub. ITA sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have been affected. We believe that the hatred shown by the attacker has no place in a civilised society. Schools and education have a significant role in preventing the development of hatred towards LGBT+ communities. This tragedy underlines the need for schools to continue to play their part in fighting intolerance. We stand in solidarity with the gay community in Orlando and internationally who have been targeted in this horrendous way.

We also condemn the way in which some sections of US society including Donald Trump tried to divert the blame to Muslims. We oppose homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and racism in all its forms.

 

2)  Motion on the Voice of Gaza

            Islington Teachers Association agrees to donate £200 to the Voice of Gaza, an after-school organisation set up by fellow teachers to improve the quality of 

            education to Gazan  students who live under permanent occupation.


           3)  Emergency Motion on Jeremy Corbyn

             ITA sends a message of solidarity to Jeremy Corbyn in the light of his long standing support for Islington NUT and local schools.

             His key policies of support for refugees; opposition to neo-liberalism and austerity; and opposition to illegal wars are all policies supported by the ITA 

             and the national union.


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