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Ealing Wide Workload & National Pay Campaign

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Ealing NEU are launching your campaign to significantly reduce workload in your School and all Ealing schools. We are calling for a 10 hour reduction per week in every school for teachers and better pay & hours for support staff. To be successful you and your colleagues must:

  • Complete one of the surveys below. It will take 6 – 7 mins.
  • Attend the Mass General Meeting on Wed 15th June at Haven Green Baptist Church – in the ‘Large Hall’

Ask your school rep to hold a school meeting to encourage all NEU members to complete the surveys together. Here is a Ealing Wide Workload & National Pay Campaign 2022 PowerPoint to share with members.

No school rep? Then please contact me stefan.simms@neu.org.uk and gather staff together to complete the survey – we will help. There are two bespoke surveys one for teachers and one for support staff.

At the Mass General Meeting we will; share the results, discuss our other campaign points and outline the next steps.

What You Really Earn Per Hour

 

 

Reducing Workload In Your School – Briefing

What You Earn Per Hour

Ealing NEU are launching our campaign to reduce workload in your School. To be successful we need you and your colleagues to attend this briefing. It will take 30 mins.

We will share the workload survey and resources to help you to persuade your colleagues to complete the survey. The more that complete it the bigger and better its impact upon HTs & Ealing LA.

We will also outline the next steps in our campaign after the survey along with the other campaign points.

Please choose the best day below and register

Tues 17th 6pm

Wed 18th 6pm

Can you, colleagues, friends & family come to the TUC March?

Two Key Dates

With Boris Johnson and Priti Patel’s racist offensive intensifying in 2022, and the threat of racist populism, rhetoric far right and fascism around the world, it is crucial we make these marches, part of the #WorldAgainstRacism global day of protest for UN Anti Racism Day with demonstrations in 20+ countries, as big as possible.

Can you come to this with colleagues from school? Now backed by UCU and many more NEU London Districts. This is a vital next step in our campaign. The Government are giving London less than elsewhere! This is an international challenge, one that must be answered. Starting with a good turnout on Wed 23rd. Please see below how much we lose!

Ealing Reps Training Tues 29 March 8:30 am

Ealing Cricket Club Corfton Road W5 2HS

It is a 5 min walk from Ealing Broadway Tube Station. There is Parking on the grounds. And its been refurbished!

1. Training Sessions For The Day

Session 1 8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast a chance to socialise, network and ask questions.

Session 2 9:00 – 10:15 am Value Education Value Educators VE-VEHow to reduce workload in our schools With Henry Fowler NEU National Campaigns Manger.

Session 3 10:15 – 10:30 am Tea & coffee break Another chance to socialise, network & ask questions.

Session 4 10:30 – 11:45 am Achieving a reduction in our workload across Ealing at the same time. Rather than school by school along with other issues such as facility Time for Reps & local officers and paid religious leave for support staff. With Henry Fowler & Stefan Simms

Session 5 11:45 – 12:45 pm Lunch which will be two courses. A more leisurely chance to socialise, network and ask questions.

Session 6 12:45 – 2:00 pm Women In the Workplace: Flexible Working, Maternity & Menopause – Fighting sexism in schools. With Sandra Bennett National NEU Legal Officer

Session 7 2:00 – 2:15 pm Tea & coffee break One last chance to socialise, network & ask questions.

Session 8 2:15 – 3:30 pm What if my Headteacher says no? Advice and training in supporting members.  With Laura Johnson our new London Regional Officer!

How Do I Get Released?

To book your place, simply inform me by email stefan.simms@neu.org.uk or text 07817 643 546 and hand the official Head Teacher Letter- Ealing March 2022 Mark H to your Headteacher. They have been informed by us and by Ealing LA via ‘Gate-Keeping’.

Please remember that your attendance on this course has been agreed, through Ealing’s Local Teachers Trade Union Agreement. Your school can claim the cost of a qualified supply teacher from Ealing using this form – reimbursement of supply cover for neu training event[51175]. All union reps have statutory annual entitlement to training. It is of course good manners to be professional when informing your Headteacher.

Updated Letter To Parents

Dear GDST Parents and Carers,

We are writing this letter to clarify our position regarding the continued industrial action. We are devastated to still have to strike today; this is not a decision we take lightly.

We are conscious that the parent community are not receiving a full and fair account of events and would like to share some important details with you, to explain our position.

We made clear from the start our desire not to have our contracts changed: we do not accept a diminishment of our contractual benefits. Pension is deferred pay that we receive as teachers, in a sector where the majority of teachers are women and salaries do not match the pay of our graduate peers.

Until there is an absolute imperative to do so, the GDST should not have issued any proposals to reduce teachers’ remuneration package. Despite months of consultation, the GDST have failed to present genuine tangible evidence that there is a financial need for these proposals.

The NEU presented the GDST with a proposal last Wednesday, which was simple, reasonable and cost neutral to the GDST. It would offer a much-needed period of stability after the challenges of the pandemic.

The proposal is simply to keep matters as they are until 2024, when the facts regarding employer contribution would be known. It would be a period of unity and rebuilding of trust.

We recognise that if employer contributions were to rise in September 2024 as a result of the current valuation being undertaken, matters may be different and the current pension might not be sustainable, at which point the Trust may need to consider other options.

We continue to ask the GDST to engage with this proposal and the door remains open for discussion.

We want to reach a swift, negotiated, settlement and end this dispute so we can get back to teaching the girls. It is disappointing that the GDST is not engaging with our proposal and seeks to move forward with an offer that would see a reduction in teachers’ overall reward package.

In this most recent proposal, the Trust have announced that there is an option to remain in the TPS and that the union is refusing to accept this. In reality, this last-minute offer is substantially different to our current terms in the TPS. It brings complex factors relating to inflation and pay into the matter. It would reduce employer contributions, the deficit of which would be made up out of teacher’s pay. To avoid a pay cut, it would depend upon yearly pay rises of a level never seen before in the GDST (pay was frozen last year and has consistently fallen well below inflation in recent years).

In addition, substituting part of the employer contribution with teacher pay will impact on career average salaries, upon which the TPS is dependent. It would therefore reduce the overall value of the pension and leave members in a significantly worse position in retirement.

GDST finances are healthy. Income has continued to outstrip expenditure since the employer pension contribution rise in 2019. Current reserves stand at £43.1m, above the appropriate range determined by the Trustees of £28-£43 million. The Trust has set aside £139m for new build capital spend over the next three years.

So it is certainly affordable for all staff to stay in the TPS until September 2024 as the NEU has proposed.

The GDST chose to start this unfortunate dispute and have the power to stop it immediately, by engaging with the very reasonable cost-neutral proposal set out by the NEU.

The GDST’s current offer will still have a detrimental impact on GDST school’s ability to retain and attract the best teachers going forward. It will still result in teachers at the GDST being on worse terms and conditions of employment than our state sector colleagues.

We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

NEU GDST Teachers

Notting Hill & Ealing High School
NEU Public Meeting For Parents & Carers
Thurs 3rd March 7pm
Zoom Link here

Meeting ID: 868 9241 0411
Passcode: 064792

For more information contact Stefan Simms Ealing NEU

Tel: 07817 643 546

Email: stefan.simms@neu.org.uk