The TES is reporting that the leader of one of England’s biggest teaching unions has spoken out against plans to create a new merged classroom “super union”.
After months of official denials, the ATL teaching union finally admitted that it is in talks with the NUT teaching union about “forming a new union for education professionals”.
Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said that she would “respect the decision of sister trade unions”, but she cautioned against the impact of professional unity, claiming that it was “better” for ministers to receive six letters from unions on issues such as pay, rather than one with six signatures.
Next weekend, delegates at the NUT annual conference in Brighton will decide whether they want the merger discussions with the ATL to continue, TES can reveal. If both unions get behind the proposal, special conferences could be held in the autumn to consider whether to ballot members.
The move would bring the prospect of a single national classroom union one step closer – after decades of campaigning – if the NASUWT was prepared to cooperate.
But Ms Keates said that her members had not been “banging down [their] door” about professional unity. “The fact is, it’s not an issue among our members,” she said…
See more in the 18 March edition of TES
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