UTU BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION
LETTER FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
The UTU Ballot for industrial action opens today, Monday 12th September, and will close at noon on Monday 3rd October.
Information will be sent to all members throughout the coming days but, as School Representative, we felt it was important that you would have some guidance from your Central Executive Committee to enable you to answer questions from members in your school.
We are enclosing a school list of membership for your information. This is for your information only; management in the school are not permitted to ask for detail or names.
We have also sent a poster for display in the staffroom to encourage members to vote and have their voices heard.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The CEC met on Friday and discussed fully the recommendations it would make to members moving forward in this process. Further information as to how it reached this conclusion is included below and we would encourage you to read, consider and discuss with the membership.
The recommendation was unanimous.
Strike action – Yes
UTU, as you will know, is a union which normally does not move to strike.
This is known by our members – but also by our employers.
It is therefore the position of CEC that if UTU return a mandate to strike – in other words, vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action – that this will send the strongest possible message to employers that resolution of the pay situation is necessary.
It would still be the position of CEC that strike action would be a last possible resort and we would be working hard on your behalf to reach resolution before it would become necessary.
We must also consider that, as we will be working closely with our colleagues in other teaching unions, UTU does not want to be in a position where others take action and we will not be standing shoulder to shoulder with them.
Action short of strike – Yes
Members have taken action short of strike before and CEC recommends that you vote to do so again.
It is the intention that such action:
- will be closely coordinated with that being taken by our colleagues in other unions and allow teachers and school leaders to act together
- will be outward-facing – aimed at the system and not the children.
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
If you need any further clarification or just want a query addressed/discussed, please:
- Contact Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org for a school visit
- Join one of the upcoming lunchtime zoom meetings
- Ask your local Executive member who will contact you in the coming days
- Contact HQ at email@example.com and I will get back to you
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Thank you for your support.
YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE, YOUR FUTURE POSTER: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD