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NASUWT – Teachers Union


NASUWT – Teachers Union profile

The NASUWT campaigns on a wide range of issues that affect teachers. Since the election of the Coalition Government in May 2010 there have been a raft of cuts and reforms to the education service and public services across the UK in general, that are resulting in job losses, pay freezes and the potential reduction in the terms, conditions and the professional practice of teachers and other public sector workers. The NASUWT took part in a national day of action on 30 November 2011 with other TUC affiliated trade unions. However the NASUWT is the only teachers’ union that has followed this action with nationally coordinated action short of strike action from the 1 December 2011. This action is intended to be pupil and parent friendly action and it is aimed at winning back many of the contractual provisions that have started to be rolled back over the course of the last 18 months. In the face of these challenges the NASUWT is defending state education and members terms and conditions in general through the Union’s Standing up for Standards campaign.

As part of the NASUWT’s opposition to the Coalition Governments cuts to public services, the NASUWT are backing calls for alternative methods for reducing the budget deficit. Like many trade unions and other groups, the NASUWT are backing calls for a Robin Hood Tax on some of the financial transactions of many of the large banks.