According to the Times, David Blunkett has called on teaching unions to merge and create a single body to marginalise “off the wall” behaviour at some teachers’ conferences…
A merged teachers’ union would be more likely to get respect from parents and could better represent the profession by speaking with one voice, the former education secretary said.
His comments follow another fractious conference season for classroom unions in which the National Union of Teachers reaffirmed its commitment to press on with strikes over pay and pensions. Until the spring it had been co-ordinating joint industrial action with NASUWT, which decided to hold back from further strikes.
Members of the smallest of the main classroom unions, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, are working normally. A new teachers’ union is to be launched later this year…
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