ATL and NUT to merge and form a new education super-union

The TES are reporting…

The two teaching unions have voted to become the NEU – super-union with around 450,000-members

The NUT and ATL unions have taken the historic decision to form a new ‘super-union’ with nearly half a million members, it was announced today. 

Members of both unions voted to merge and create a new organisation – the National Education Union.

The results show 97.2 per cent of NUT members voted for the merger and 2.8 per cent voted against. In the ATL 72.8 per cent members voted for and 26.8 per cent voted against.

Mr Courtney said that because the union will speak “for a majority of all teachers, and a significant proportion of other education professionals… politicians will have to listen [to it].”

The union leaders listed the “unstable” academies system, qualifications reform, workload (their “key agenda”), and the school accountability system as early priorities for the NEU.

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