Author Archives: Stefan Simms

AGM Fri 7pm 1st March Best Ever !

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Email stefan.simms@neu.org.uk to confirm you are 100% definitely coming. Please state name and school

Check it Out:

* World Famous Ghada Karmi Palestinian academic, physician and author
* Daniel Kebede Our NEU General Secretary
* A stall by Bookmarks The Socialist Bookshop (Book Signing by Ghada)
* Boof Restaurant highly rated Persian restaurant opposite Ealing Town Hall
* We pay for your brilliant dinner

Boof Restaurant.
Opposite Ealing Town Hall.
57 New Broadway, W5 5AH

Find out more about:

Ghada Karmi


Daniel Kebede NEU General Secretary


Boof Restaurant

Opposite Ealing Town Hall

***** Hygiene **** Trip Advisor Halal & Vegan Food

Starters: Mirza, Ghasemi, olvieh, Homos, Mastokhiar and bread

Main Course: skewer kabab kobideh and one skewer chicken (5 pieces) including rice and salad.

Reviews:

***** Reviewed November 29, 2023 Perfect Persian pleasure.

Excellent all round. Perfect unobtrusive service. Lovely chicken kebab and lamb shanks. You probably won’t need a starter unless you are Adam Moran. Really nice ice cream to follow and a bottle of Merlot for £22. We will be going again next time we are in town.

***** Reviewed September 27, 2023 Amazing experience

We spotted this restaurant as we were staying nearby. Very warm welcome and we were offered a lovely table by the window. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and guided us through starters and mains. The food was delicious and very good portions. Lovely bottle of wine to wash it all down with. A superb experience and we would definitely return.

Email: stefan.simms@neu.org.uk to confirm you are 100% definitely coming. Please state name and school

Palestinian Solidarity Resources For Wed 7th Feb

On Wed 7th Feb the NEU is calling on its members to do a lunchtime or after school solidarity meeting in support off the call for a Ceasefire Now. Please See NEU Website  https://neu.org.uk/young-people-gaza

“On 7 February Stop the War Coalition an CND are calling on all those in work, college or university to Stand with Gaza by organising a walkout, a lunchtime or early morning protest (or other collective action) to demand our government call for a permanent ceasefire.
So far the day of action is backed by the NEU, UCU, PCS unions.”

CND & Stop the War Coalition

What You Can Do:
  1. Watch this 5 min message message from The Palestinian Teachers Trade Union

2.  Donate To Medical Aid For Palestine Use The QR Code Below

3. Take a photograph of staff holding these NEU posters below and share on social media using #StandWithGaza and also send to stefan.simms@neu.org.uk

NEU3276 ceasefire now -online poster A4 and A3

5 children are being killed in Gaza every hour. That’s 8 classrooms every two days.

10 children in Gaza are being amputated without any anaesthetic every day.

4. Wear a Palestinian badge or lanyard. Collect from Ealing NEU on Tues 6th 5:30 pm Hanwell Community Centre, Westcott Crescent, W7 1PD

Hot meal provided (Curry), Free Parking & Bicycle Locking Posts

Union Meeting 6th Feb 5:30 pm

General Meeting

(Plus Key Dates)

Tues 6th Feb 5:30 pm
Hanwell Community Centre W7 1PD
Hot Meal Provided

Full agenda items:

  1. The national Indicative ballot starts March 2nd
  2. Practical advice in building solidarity for Palestine in our schools. Day of workplace action Feb 7th – What does that mean in schools? What is possible?
  3. Catholic VA Schools Academy Conversion
  4. Priority Conference Motions*
  5. Minutes and Matters Arising from last Ctte & GM –>  Ctte Minutes Nov 2023 & GM Tues 28th Nov 2023 Minutes
  6. Ealing Joint Committee (EJC) Election of a new Joint Chair plus vacancies as delegate to EJC. Mandy Hudson is stepping down after decades of dedication and commitment, Mat Milovanovic has agreed to stand for the position. Is there any one else interested as chair or delegate? If so please contact me by Thursday 1st Feb. Any possible election will take place at the GM.
  7. AOB

*This year there have been twice as many motions submitted as usual. This is good for democracy. However many will not get enough NEU District votes get on to the conference agenda. We need to be strategic in supporting motions that might not make it, even though we did not submit them. Some motions are also highly likely to get on the agenda.

Therefore I am proposing that we keep 5 of the 6 Ealing submitted; SATs (Motion 9), SEND (Motion 6), Workplace representatives (motion 83), Sexism & online misogyny (motion 72), Palestine (motion 107). And replace Working Conditions in Adverse Heat (motion 10) with Educating for Peace (motion 110). Here are all the submitted Conference Motions –> Motions for Priority Voting 2024

Any alternative set of motions to be prioritise must be with me before Thursday 1st Feb

Solidarity,

Stefan Simms

Key Dates

Register here –> https://neu-org-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdu6srjovGdeiqQ-paBe38zqab-HrmwWW#/registration

Solidarity,

Stefan Simms

Government Lied About Teachers’ Pay Rise


Last Friday, the Tories announced that they had “miscalculated” the funding plans for schools.
In July they promised a 2.7% rise in school funding between 2023-2024 and 2024-2025. This was crucial to their claim that the 6.5% pay award for teachers was funded.
The rise is now only 1.9% not 2.7%. This means a huge £370 million cut to schools funding which equates to £50 less funding per pupil and roughly a teachers’ or more likely a support staff job in every school. This is appalling and unacceptable. We and our pupils need more staff not less in our classrooms.
The basis on which NEU members in the internal ballot before the summer voted to accept the 6.5% on the basis of the claimed funding rise is no longer valid.
We have a live strike mandate. Members before the summer voted overwhelmingly to continue national strikes if we did not get an acceptable offer.
That mandate should be acted upon immediately to fight this new government betrayal of educators and children and their families. Support Staff must be re-balloted as soon as possible.

Please:

1. Sign the above statement here.

2. Pass this Model Motion NEU Sept 23[1]

In Solidarity,

Stefan Simms