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By NASUWT, Apr 8 2016 05:50PM


The National Demonstration on Saturday 16 April will be where everyone can come together and demand: Cameron Must Go!


There's a growing political crisis:

The governments failure to deal with the steel crisis could leave thousands without a job. They've attacked junior doctors and student nurses while privatising the NHS. They plan to force all schools to become academies and teachers are now balloting to strike over pay and conditions. They've done nothing to address the growing housing crisis. Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation shows a government falling apart.


This is a situation, which is unrecoverable for the Tories if we mobilise, demonstrate and unite everyone together against austerity.


The People’s Assembly has called a March for Health Homes Jobs and Education in the capital on Sat 16 April. (Facebook Event). We will be gathering in our hundreds of thousands to demand our right to all the things that we believe make a society civilized.


Now is the time to demand THE IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION OF DAVID CAMERON!


Mass Protest does work… Iceland’s Prime Minister has been forced to resign over revelations in the same ‘Panama’ documents. This Government can fall. April 16 is the demonstration not to miss...


We need your help, to build this demonstration. Please check out if there's a stall or leafleting session near you coming up and join in.


Street Stalls Info.

If you'd like us to send you demo artwork and materials get in touch today at, office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk


Also an emergency protest has been called tomorrow at Downing Street from 12:30pm. If you can get down there and help hand out leaflets for the demonstration on 16 April please let us know. Details


See you on the streets!



The People's Assembly Against Austerity

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/


By NASUWT, Mar 30 2016 11:34PM


Despite the Government extolling the virtues of people working longer, older teachers, particularly women, feel under-valued and are often pressurised to leave their jobs well before their pension age, the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has heard today.


Representatives at the Conference in Birmingham debated a motion calling for a culture shift in schools to ensure that older teachers are valued for their experience and expertise and for strategies to tackle the increasing age discrimination against older teachers, including threats of capability procedures and job loss.


Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:


“The Government now expects people to work longer, but the irony in teaching is that those with the experience and expertise are in too many cases being hounded out of the profession because they are older and more expensive.


“Older teachers are disproportionately facing being placed on capability procedures, report being denied access to professional development and are often put under intense pressure to leave their job.


“The losers of course are not just the teachers themselves, who often are forced out of a career they love, but the pupils, who are losing experienced, specialist teachers.


“The lack of action by the Government to promote respect and dignity for working people has led to a culture of disrespect and discrimination in schools.”


By NASUWT, Mar 30 2016 11:24PM


Government changes to the system of pupil assessment in England will drive up teachers workload still further, making a mockery of ministers’ claims to be taking action to address teacher wellbeing, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, have heard today.

Representatives at the Conference, which is being held in Birmingham, have criticised the way in which the Westminster Government has managed the removal of levels from the assessment system, which is driving schools to create and implement their own, often bureaucratic, assessment and testing structures for pupils.


Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:


“The failure of the Government to properly think through the potential consequences of its reforms to the assessment system has led to increased workload and bureaucracy in schools.


“Assessment Without Levels was promoted by ministers as a reform that would enable teachers in England to focus on teaching and learning; but, instead, it has had the effect of driving futile and workload intensive data management systems and practices which are not only financially costly but which are also a distraction from teaching and learning.


“This is yet another example of the gulf between the Westminster Government’s rhetoric which claims to be committed to tackling teacher workload, and the reality of its policies which are having the opposite impact by piling ever greater workload pressures onto an already exhausted and overburdened teaching workforce.”


Sarah Cull


Press and Media Officer


NASUWT



By NASUWT, Oct 3 2015 04:29PM


Jeremy Corbyn's overwhelming victory in the Labour leadship election shows the strength of the mood in the country to fight austerity. Corbyn speaking out against austerity will help give hope to those who want to see the back of the Tories - we need to amplify that opposition outside parliament. We can't wait 5 years until the next election to do this - we need to mobilise the new mood for change now, and that is why we are calling on Unison members to join the national TUC march at the Tory conference on October 4th.


Oxfordshire Transport to the march - free to Unison members and their families. Book your seats online today.


On Sunday 4 October, the Conservative party will open their annual conference in Manchester. After five years of austerity, falling living standards, pay freezes and huge cuts to public services, a new parliament won’t offer a fresh start to working people and their families. The Conservatives’ new plan is an old plan - back to the future with more of the same.


We were told that austerity measures were a necessary, short, sharp dose of medicine . But five years later, the prescription is the still same. More plans to privatise public services, like the NHS. The government telling hardworking people, like midwives, teachers and transport workers, that they must work harder and longer. Public servants’ pay frozen for 4 more years. Threats to jobs in the public sector. Plans to sell off social housing. Cutting tax credits, disability benefits and help with the rent. Unfair targeting of young people.


Locally Oxfordshire County Council is planning over £150 million cuts over the next 5 years, including the clousre of 44 family centres imapcting on the health and well being of local childen. Local Health Services are in crisis as hospitals fail to recruit and staff struggle with rocketing rents and frozen wages. We need to defend our ability to ue our collective strength to challenge the cuts and fight for wage rises and action on services.


Trade unions have a proud tradition of standing up for workers, their families and the services everyone uses. So now the government is threatening the right to strike.


In the trade union bill, they propose to make it harder for unions to take strike action to oppose their cuts. They want to make it harder for workers to speak out - allowing employers to use agency workers to break strikes and putting huge restrictions on pickets and protests. In short, they want to silence millions of union members and threaten their right to strike.


So we all need to speak out now. March in Manchester on Sunday 4 October and tell the Conservatives that we say “No!” to austerity. And tell them that workers need a voice. That trade unions give workers a voice. "NO" to austerity, a resounding “Yes!” to workers’ rights.


More reasons to march on October 4th:


1 This government has announced attacks on trade union subs collection and further barriers to workers workers taking legal strike action


2 This government plans to cut £12bn from welfare hitting the most vulnerable in our society hardest.


3 The richest 1,000 people in Britain doubled their wealth during the last parliament, while the living standards of the majority fell.


4 There has been a huge rise in zero hour contracts, precarious, low-paid and part-time work. Millions of people are not benefiting from the supposed economic 'recovery'.


5 The Tories have presided over the worst housing crisis in living memory. They are the friends of private landlords and property - developers. Now they want to sell off even more social' housing.


6 The Tories are pushing privatisation. They want to encourage international free trade deals which will destroy the public sector.


7 Our NHS is under attack. The government plans to dismantle the NHS and sell it off to private companies to run for profit.


8 Education is being savaged. The Tories are threatening to raise university fees even higher. Academies and free schools are taking over, denying any democratic control over our children's education.


9 Migrants are facing a racist backlash. They are being scapegoated for the problems caused by the bankers and bosses.


Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/484904998350442/


http://www.ouh.org.uk/index.php/emails-hidden/202-march-on-sunday-4-october-no-to-austerity-yes-to-workers-rights


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ncJiTZ-YB02xTf3Kq3nUvblHOHLUpq9lKCEjgoz5KBw/viewform


By NASUWT, Jul 2 2015 01:20PM

‘SHATTERING CHILDREN’S LIFE CHANCES CANNOT SIMPLY BE REGARDED AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE’ SAYS THE NASUWT

Commenting in advance of release of the latest official figures on child poverty, released today (Thursday), Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“If, as expected, the figures show that child poverty levels have risen yet again, this is a shameful indictment of the economic and social policies of the Coalition Government.

“It is equally shameful that the Government is committed to continuing the policies which have led to this anticipated rise.

“Teachers are witnessing firsthand the impact of poverty on the children they teach.

“Three-quarters of teachers recently surveyed by the NASUWT say they have witnessed more and more children coming to school too hungry to concentrate and without clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions.

“Children are increasingly being denied educational opportunities because of their parents’ inability to pay for educational visits.

“Evidence shows that too many young people are choosing subject options on the basis, not of their skills and aspirations, but on the basis of whether their parents can afford the books, equipment and other resources a particular course demands.

“Schools and teachers are being left to pick up the pieces.

“The shattering of children’s life chances cannot simply be regarded as collateral damage.

“Yet scandalously, rather than embarking on a strategy to tackle poverty and inequality, it now appears the Government plans to change the definition of child poverty in an attempt to mask the terrible toll its policies are taking on our children and young people. Our children and young people deserve better.”