General Meeting 21st March 2012

posted 22 Mar 2012, 03:58 by general office

1.       Motion on pensions


Islington Teachers Association notes the 73 percent vote for further national strike action on pensions in the NUT survey. This follows our overwhelming and still valid ballot for strikes to defend our pensions last year.


We pledge to ensure the planned London regional strike on Wednesday 28 March is as solid and vibrant as possible with full support for the central London demonstration planned by the NUT.


We believe that strikes on 28 March should have been national, and we call on delegates at the NUT annual conference at Easter to instruct the executive to call further national strike action alongside as many other unions as possible, early in the new term.


We ask our General Secretary Christine Blower to circulate this motion to all members of the NEC and to delegates to the NUT conference at Torquay.


2.       Motion on appraisal and capability

ITA rejects the Government’s flawed and punitive model policy on appraisal and capability.
We believe that appraisal should be a positive developmental process and should not be linked to a procedure which has dismissal as the ultimate sanction.
We are concerned that if the model policy is adopted then:
1) There will be a clear link between appraisal and capability
2) There will be no informal capability stage and a timescale as short as four weeks will exist for a teacher to demonstrate sustained improvement and avoid dismissal.
3) There will be no limit on lesson observations

We therefore instruct ITA Officers to seek agreement with Cambridge Education that separate policies for appraisal and capability are retained which include a limit to the number of observations in line with NUT guidance.

We also call on school NUT group to pass similar motions.