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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 join a union eastern region nut suffolk division september 2005 l.jpg

Why join a union? Eastern region NUT Suffolk Division September 2005


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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?


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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


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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?


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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.


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MakePovertyHistory –Edinburgh July 2005


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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


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Other Union ServicesUnions may offer

  • Financial (insurance, mortgages, credit cards, loans etc)

  • Legal help

  • Professional & personal training


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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


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Other Union Services; trainingUnions may offer

  • professional development focused on teaching & learning

  • local training to meet teacher needs


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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


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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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