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Why join a union? Eastern region NUT Suffolk Division September 2005. Because unions: Provide information ( Suffolk NQT leaflet) Support members in difficulty Work for healthier & safer workplaces Negotiate on behalf of members Work for better training

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why pay good money to join a union
Because unions:

Provide information (Suffolk NQT leaflet)

Support members in difficulty

Work for healthier & safer workplaces

Negotiate on behalf of members

Work for better training

Provide members with valuable services

Campaign for teachers and education

Why pay good money to join a union?
but what can go wrong
But what can go wrong?
  • Contract – fixed-term? PPA + 10%
  • Pay – correct starting pay
  • Unfair treatment – lack of support / not getting your entitlement to InSeT, etc
  • Complaints from parents or pupils
  • Disciplinary action
  • Legal responsibilities – taking trips, etc
or you can just seek advice
Or you can just seek advice
  • What about maternity / paternity leave?
  • What can you request for personal leave?
  • You are ill, what sick pay do you get?
  • What time off are you entitled to for interview?
  • What courses are available?
  • Just how much do I have to plan / write for reports?
teacher unions campaign
Teacher unions campaign
  • To influence Government nationally & locally
  • for better salaries & conditions
  • against Government plans to worsen teachers pension rights
  • Part of a world TU movement – Amnesty International
  • Charitable work – MakePovertyHistory / Send my friend to school.
why join a union when there s the gtc
Why join a union when there’s the GTC ?
  • General Teaching Council’s (GTC) functions are different from a teacher union
  • The majority of GTC members aren’t teachers
  • The GTC regulates whether teachers should continue to teach & advises Government on professional matters
  • Unions represent members salary, conditions & other issues
  • Unions belong to the members who determine policy
  • You belong to a union, you register with the GTC
other union services unions may offer
Other Union ServicesUnions may offer
  • Financial (insurance, mortgages, credit cards, loans etc)
  • Legal help
  • Professional & personal training
other union services legal unions may offer
Other Union Services; legalUnions may offer
  • qualified caseworkers & solicitors. The NUT Regional Office give expert advice on professional & other matters, including employment law
  • The NUT work with Thomson Solicitors to give members non work related legal services
  • The NUT employ specialist local lawyers where teachers face Police interview or criminal charges
other union services training unions may offer
Other Union Services; trainingUnions may offer
  • professional development focused on teaching & learning
  • local training to meet teacher needs
some current issues for teacher unions
Some current issues for teacher unions

Workforce remodelling has resulted in differences between the teacher unions about

  • Who teaches whole classes? qualified teachers or teaching assistants / cover supervisors?
  • Replacing Management allowances with Teaching & Learning responsibilities & the impact on teachers & pupils
  • Protecting teaching assistants from exploitation
for further information
For further information

- see the NUT website

www.teachers.org.uk

- and the Suffolk NUT website:

www.suffolknut.org.uk

or contact

the Regional NUT office 01638 555300 or

Suffolk NUT 01284 763980

Membership Hotline: 0845 300 1669

KEB 14.09.2005

MJG 18.09.2005

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Guidance for Newly Qualified Teachers

Congratulations and welcome to Suffolk! Your first year in teaching will be hard work, but it should be a happy, positive experience. Suffolk LEA supports you but things can go less smoothly than hoped. This leaflet explains what you should expect and what to do if you experience any difficulty: if in doubt,

contact the NUT!

Published by Suffolk NUT

1 Gainsborough Road

BURY ST EDMUNDS

IP33 3RX

Tel/FAX: 01284 763980

[email protected]

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