Megan Dunn and Shakira Martin support NUT strike action

Wednesday 09-03-2016 - 16:24

NUS’ National President and Vice President (Further Education) have lent their support to proposed strike action being taken by National Union of Teachers (NUT) sixth form college members on Tuesday 15 March.

NUT sixth form college members will be holding a national demonstration in London and events elsewhere on Tuesday 15 March, after 86% voted in favour of strike action on a high turnout of 44%.

Why are the NUT striking?

In recent years, cuts to 16-19 funding have been far greater than cuts to school funding and sixth form colleges are under increasing threat with teachers facing threats to pay, working conditions and employment. Students themselves are also facing threats to their education.

The NUT have timed the national demonstration to precede Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget speech in order to expose the impact of his government’s education funding cuts.

NUS President Megan Dunn and Vice President (Further Education) Shakira Martin have backed the NUTs ‘Save Our Sixth Form Colleges’ campaign and recorded a joint message with NUT Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney, which you can watch below.

What are teachers calling for?

The NUT is seeking:

  • Restoration of 16-19 funding to the levels which existed before the Coalition Government started its cuts programme
  • Exemption from VAT for colleges – without them having to apply for academy status
  • Removal of the threat of closure or merger – and recognition of sixth form colleges’ achievements

What can students/students’ unions you do to support sixth form teachers?

  • Sign the petition to save sixth form colleges
  • Talk to your colleagues. Ask your NUT rep to hold a meeting to discuss the issues with members
  • If there’s no NUT rep in your college, get together with colleagues to elect one, and let the Union know when you have. You can tell us you’ve been elected at get involved
  • Invite your local MPs into your college – or go to see them with other members (more information is available here)

You can find more information about the national demonstration and local activities being organised at your college or in your town here.


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