It was meant to bring together the two of the largest teachers’ organisations to form a “super-union” that “politicians will have to listen to”. The Telegraph reports.
But the merger of the “radical” National Union of Teacher (NUT) with the more moderate Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has led to a bitter row, culminating in employees going on strike against their own union.
The strike has been described as “highly embarrassing” for the newly formed National Education Union (NEU).
“Intra-union strikes are very rare, it is almost unheard of for a union to organise a strike against another union. It it’s the worst possible start for the new union,” a source familiar with the dispute told The Sunday Telegraph.
The NUT has long exercised a formal boycott of Israel, and has previously been accused of “spreading political propaganda” in classrooms by teaching children and “extremist agenda” and promoting Palestinian “resistance”.ATL staff, many of whom are members of the GMB union, have complained that their pay and conditions will be worsened by the merger.
They voted nine to one in favour of strike action to take place at any point or continuously between this Thursday and December 31.
“The NUT staff are largely unaffected as this ‘merger’ is essentially a takeover.”
Signs of inter-union strife were apparent at the ATL’s most recent annual conference, where members expressed their concern about the radical Left-wing causes that their NUT colleagues have long been associated with.
One motion called for the new union to draw up “guidelines on funding and support for activities not directly related to education” and warned against engaging in activities “where the name and reputation of the union can be bought into questions”.
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