As reported in the last newsletter, NEU members at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1st Sixth Form College are taking strike action over the imposition of a new restructuring policy. WQE1 College merged with Regent College nearly twelve months ago and the new policy worsens the terms for WQE1 staff who transferred over. NEU members' aim is to ensure that agreed new policies incorporate the best terms from the two colleges so that no members suffer detriment.
Following restructure, the new policy reduces the safeguarding period for a management allowance following a restructure to only 12 months instead of three years, and doesn't base redundancy payments on actual salaries. Members took strike action on 6th, 13th and 14th February, and plan three days of strike action in March. At the time that this edition went to print, these three strike days have been suspended while talks with ACAS take place. At every stage the NEU has shown a willingness to engage and negotiate to find a reasonable solution without members having their conditions of service worsened.
The first ever City of Leicester NEU District's annual general meeting took place on 16th January. Camille London-Miyo was inaugurated as our President from January 2019 to Summer 2020.
You can see a list of our officers and committee members here. Following the AGM there were reports back from the Annual Black Teachers' Conference and from the four Leicester delegates to the NEU delegation to Cuba.
Without fail, every single school that has converted into an academy has told the staff that they have nothing to fear, that nothing will change for them, and that their terms and conditions will remain the same. Almost without fail, this has turned out to be untrue. Take for example Rushey Mead Educational Trust (RMET), formed when Rushey Mead Secondary School became an academy in 2015. The Local Authority (LA) Policy has the following section in it regarding providing support for a teacher experiencing difficulties: