NEU facing strikes from both sections of workforce

The NEU teaching union faces both sections of its workforce going out on strike after it emerged that NUT staff are considering following ATL colleagues on a walkout over restructuring plans. Tes reports.

The NUT and the ATL came together last September to create the NEU, an education union with close to 500,000 members. The NEU has continued running the NUT and ATL sections as part of the transition process, which will conclude in January 2019.

Up to 200 NEU ATL employees are set to go on a 24-hour strike on Thursday over changes resulting from a restructuring exercise.

The GMB, which represents most ATL staff, said the planned strike relates to the “highly controversial consultation exercise that would see job losses, increases in workload, changes to contracts, downgrading of posts and cuts in pay”.

But the unhappiness is not confined to the ATL; Tes has learned that staff working in the NUT section have already conducted a consultative ballot about the possibility of a walkout over the restructuring of jobs. A majority voted in favour.

Jill Stokoe, GMB branch secretary, said: “We have done everything we can to get management to see sense, but they are forging ahead with their plans to downsize the full-time staff of the union at a time when the membership base is growing and the education sector is in crisis.”

Almost nine in ten staff (88 per cent) backed the GMB ballot and a similar number backed a strike ballot by Unite, which also represents some ATL members. The ballot allows for discontinuous action, with the next stoppages likely to take place in September if matters are not resolved.

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