PROTECTING TEACHERS Michael Gove says he is at war with the teacher unions In January 2012 he said that teachers are “happy with failure" and "enemies of promise” We say Michael Gove is waging a war on teachers – and now NUT & NASUWT are fighting back with a joint programme of lobbying, rallies, action short of strike action and strike action THE WAR ON TEACHERS What Gove has done so far: • Pay freeze and real terms cuts in funding • Attack on pensions • Attack on performance management • Forced academisation of schools • Attack on the national pay structure in schools What he may do in future: • Attack on conditions – limits on hours, PPA time, protection from cover THE RESULT NUT/YouGov survey on teacher morale (Jan 2013) • 55% say morale is low or very low • Up 13% since April 2012 • 77% disagree with pay determination by head teachers or governors “If anyone says to you that 'staff morale is at an all-time low', you know you are doing something right." - Ofsted Chief Inspector Michael Wilshaw, Dec 2011 PAY – CUT BY 15% UNDER GOVE During the Coalition Government’s term of office: • Pay freeze for 2011 and 2012 • 1% limits for 2013 and 2014 • Pension contributions up on average by 3.2% Impact including inflation • Over 15% loss of spending power Can we afford to stay in teaching? THE NEW PAY ATTACKS (1) • End of mandatory pay scales in schools – main and upper scales replaced by ranges, no fixed points • More PRP - all pay progression linked to appraisal and to individual teachers’ performance • Portability of current pay entitlements and UPS status abolished • Head teachers and governing bodies will decide how much to pay new teachers, whether teachers progress and by how much THE NEW PAY ATTACKS (2) • Draft 2013 STPCD will be in all schools at the start of the summer term • Governing bodies to adopt new pay policies and appraisal policies linked to pay for September 2013 • Decisions based on PRP for all teachers beginning in September 2014 • An obvious threat to teachers in academies and colleges as well 10 REASONS TO OPPOSE GOVE'S PAY PROPOSALS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. He wants to abolish fixed pay points on the pay scales – so no guarantee that you will progress by the same amount as now He wants PRP for all teachers – even though it doesn’t work in schools, and decisions will be based on funding or whether your face fits He wants to end Main Scale progression based on length of service – hitting recruitment and retention of new teachers by creating doubts about pay progression He wants even closer links for appraisal and pay – ending any chance of a process that supports your professional development He wants to change the threshold process – almost certainly to cut the number of teachers moving to the Upper Pay Scale 10 REASONS TO OPPOSE GOVE'S PAY PROPOSALS 6. He wants fixed-term responsibility payments worth less than now – and maybe to review the whole TLR system 7. He wants heads and governors to waste time negotiating pay with every teacher – not supporting teaching and learning 8. He wants schools to be allowed to cut your pay when you move school – teachers will be scared to move and women on career breaks will be hit hardest of all 9. He intends to limit our 2013 increase by only 1% – while inflation and increased pension contributions eat away at our purchasing power. 10. He has accepted the STRB’s view that this is only a first stage in reform – even bigger changes may be in store if we don’t stop this now WHY GOVE'S PAY PROPOSALS ARE A THREAT TO EVERY TEACHER Think your head teacher won't want to take advantage by holding down your pay? • Ofsted will be asked to make sure that they do Think you will progress as fast or faster than now? • Funding pressures or a change of manager could change that Think you aren’t affected because you’re already at the top of the pay scale? • Further changes could affect every one of us PENSIONS – ALREADY ATTACKED Pension contribution increases already being imposed • An average 50% hike in the amount you pay for your pension • Completely unrelated to the funding of the pensions scheme – taking money from teachers to pay for the recession Changes to the pension scheme from 2015 onwards • Pay more – these contribution increases are permanent • Work longer – younger teachers to work to 68 or even longer • Get less – due to lower “career average” pensions and changes to pensions indexation WORKLOAD & WORKING CONDITIONS Workload and working time remain excessive – but now we face possible threats to: • the working time limits of 195 days and 1,265 hours • the entitlement to 10% PPA time in schools • limits on the obligation to cover Their statutory force is already removed in academies – now potentially under threat in schools as well Taking a stand on workload is consistent with regaining our autonomy and professionalism PAY AND FUNDING Pay increase for September 2013 • Government pay limit - an average 1% increase - to apply • STRB asked to advise on “adjustments to the salary scales … to reflect the average 1%” – no guarantee of any increase yet • Negotiations in colleges and academies not yet under way Funding for 2013-14 already announced • Zero cash increase per pupil for schools - “MFG” allows schools to get <1.5% less per pupil after formula changes Pupil Premium is little compensation for these cuts • Colleges hit even harder by funding and formula changes THE NUT'S RESPONSE • NUT and NASUWT joint programme of lobbying, rallies, action short of strike action and strike action • Regional “Rallies for Education” open to all • Continuation/escalation of action short of strike action • Strike action from June on a rolling regional basis – with national strike action in the autumn if necessary • See details at www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/pay • But Michael Gove can avoid all this by agreeing to back down and negotiate CONTINUING / ESCALATING ASOS We can win the withdrawal of Gove's proposals through the threat of national strike action But a “school by school” strategy as well – • continue and deepen the existing ASOS in schools and colleges • NUT & NASUWT model pay policy / checklist to protect pay scales, pay progression and portability • escalation of action where schools don’t adopt a pay policy compliant with our checklist GETTING MEMBERS’ SUPPORT Your Union needs the support of its members • Talk to your NUT and NASUWT colleagues • Encourage them to write to their MPs – use the facility at www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/pay • Support the regional Rallies for Education • Build support for ASOS and for strike action when the time comes • Elect an NUT rep if there isn’t one already WE ARE WINNING THE ARGUMENT Most teachers reject Gove • ASOS - protecting teachers but also showing that it is we not Gove who know the value of teaching The public also rejects his views • eBacc petition – almost 30,000 signatures helped force Gove to withdraw his proposals for the EBCs We can see off this Government’s attacks on teachers and our education system!