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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 March 2006
NUT executive - vote for Linda Taaffe
SOCIALIST PARTY member Linda Taaffe is standing for re-election to
the national executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
"As a national executive member since 1988 I have always argued for
the leadership to commit itself to a bolder national fight-back. Never
has this been more urgent. Let's build our union into a force to be
She is calling for a campaign of action against the government's
plans to unleash the free market on schools. And she is calling for
privatised education services to be taken back into local authority
National pay rates for teachers are under threat. Performance pay
through TLRs is having to be fought through industrial action, or the
threat of it, in an increasing number of schools. The Education Bill
will make things worse, by allowing schools to set their own pay and
The trade unions forced the government to climb down over the
retirement age for existing teachers but the final pensions package is
still awaited. Some teachers and many teaching assistants are covered by
the local government pensions scheme. Linda is calling for national
action on pensions to be reinstated if necessary and for full support
for education workers taking action over their pensions.
Workload is still a major problem for teachers - Linda is calling for
a 35-hour week and an end to meaningless additions to teachers'
workload. Linda says: "Many young teachers find themselves with little
time for a life outside school and not much money in their pocket to
show for it!"
Linda is standing for an Outer London seat on the executive and she
is calling for pay parity with Inner London for all London teachers.
The election runs from 15 March - 5 April. For more information:
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In The Socialist 16 March 2006:
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Socialist Party discusses with Respect
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Sticking to socialist principles, looking after the community
Success in Kendal
Jean Charles de Menezes: No more cover-ups!
Action to defend our pensions!
Still fighting for equal pay
PCS overtime ban - the issues
Parents back striking teachers
NUT executive - vote for Linda Taaffe
The Socialist 16 March 2006 |
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