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FOR NUT GENERAL SECRETARY, NOMINATE:

MARTIN POWELL-DAVIES

FOR A CANDIDATE WITH A CLEAR PROGRAMME TO DEFEND TEACHERS AND EDUCATION

FOR A TEACHERS' LEADER PAID ON THE SALARY OF A TEACHER

MARTIN POWELL-DAVIES

Secretary of Lewisham NUT

Martin’s consistent work over a decade has helped build Lewisham NUT into a strong, campaigning NUT Association. Week in, week out, he has been helping colleagues to stand up to the pressures piled onto teachers.

Lewisham Joint Teacher Union Side Secretary

Martin has consistently worked alongside local colleagues on the National Executives of the NASUWT and ATL to co-ordinate our work and campaigns, helping to encourage joint strike action with the NAS over London Allowances.

Secondary teacher since 1986

Unlike his three opponents, Martin is still a classroom teacher, experiencing SATs, OFSTED, excessive workload - and all the other pressures we face - at first hand.

Prominent Campaigner

Martin has played a key part in many local and national Union campaigns. He was Chair of School Teachers Opposed to Performance Pay, which fought to build a serious national opposition to PRP, unlike the NUT leadership.

Speaking up for teachers

Martin has long experience of speaking out for teachers on national radio and TV, at Union meetings and Conferences and to the public.

Father of four primary children

As a parent, Martin is also only too aware of the harm being inflicted by SATs, cuts, selection and the Government’s “Blue Skies” plans for “teaching-on-the-cheap”

Member of the Socialist Party

For too many years, successive governments have piled on the pressure on teachers. Divisive performance-related pay is in place, workload at an unbearable intensity. Schools face cuts, teachers a pay freeze, pensions are under attack.

But the NUT leadership - including John Bangs and Steve Sinnott - have to share much of the responsibility for failing to stand up to the relentless attacks on teachers and education. We need a General Secretary who we can trust to follow up words with the action needed to defend teachers. Martin can provide that leadership.

As both Association Secretary and as a classroom teacher, Martin is in touch with the everyday pressures confronting teachers – and he pledges to remain so. He would remain on the pay of a classroom teacher, using the rest of the present General Secretary salary (of over £100,000) to support education and trade union campaigns. He will make it a priority to visit schools and Union meetings.

Martin is the candidate who has a clear programme that can change the NUT. He is an experienced campaigner with the abilities to lead our Union. He can give voice to the discontent of ordinary teachers. His leadership can give NUT members the confidence to stand together in the interests of teachers and education.

Please nominate Martin

Lewisham NUT Officers Committee

NOMINATE MARTIN

POWELL-DAVIES



MARTIN’S PROGRAMME FOR CHANGE:

  1. For a General Secretary in touch with teachers.

A General Secretary on a salary of over £100,000 cannot remain in touch with ordinary teachers struggling to pay their bills and mortgages.

  1. DEFEND MEMBERS AGAINST MANAGEMENT BULLYING.

The Union has failed to adequately defend teachers against the pressures piled on to them by bullying managers and OFSTED inspections. Teachers need the support of a strong Union group to be more confident to stand up to unreasonable demands.

  1. For NUT action to OPPOSE EXCESSIVE WORKLOAD AND enforce a real “work-life balance”.

Teachers are working intolerable hours without adequate protection from either the Government’s “Workforce Agreement” or the NUT’s existing workload guidelines.

  1. FOR AN END TO SATS AND LEAGUE TABLES

Despite an 86% vote in favour of a boycott, the Union has left members in primary schools having to put children through damaging SATs once again.

  1. FOR TEACHER UNITY IN ACTION – FOR A CAMPAIGN TO PERSUADE ALL UNIONS TO WITHDRAW FROM THE “WORKFORCE AGREEMENT”.

The Government’s “deal” with other teaching and non-teaching unions has done little to reduce our workload or improve support staff pay but everything to allow New Labour to introduce “teaching-on-the-cheap”. We need to oppose it with action.



  1. FOR THE FUNDS NEEDED TO MEET THE REAL NEEDS OF SCHOOLS. NO TO THE PRIVATE PROFITEERS.

New Labour have left schools without the funds they need to guarantee teachers job security, give all teachers non-contact time, rebuild and repair schools, and genuinely meet the needs of every child.

  1. DEFEND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES.STRENGTHEN ANTI-RACISM

Cuts and selection have continued to undermine equal opportunities. Meanwhile press and politicians have encouraged parents and pupils to blame asylum seekers for their problems. The BNP gain from this racism and disillusionment with the main parties.

  1. THE RIGHT TO RETIRE ON A FULL PENSION AT 60. IMPROVE ACCESS TO EARLY RETIREMENT.

While more and more teachers are going under through the stress of teaching, the Government has announced plans that will force many teachers to work until they 65 if they want to retire with a full pension.

  1. FOR NATIONAL ACTION TO OPPOSE PERFORMANCE PAY

The Union failed to organise a serious campaign to stop the introduction of performance pay and is now standing by while the Government introduces a multi-year pay freeze and threatens the future of Management Allowances.

10.OPPOSE NEW LABOUR’S ATTACKS ON COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION. NO TO SELECTION. NO TO TOP-UP FEES.

Teachers have been let down by a Blair Government that promised so much but in reality has continued with divisive policies that attack comprehensive education.

11.TAKING A STAND IN THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT

Like thousands of teachers, I was opposed to a war for oil in Iraq which has wasted thousands of lives and millions of pounds that could have been spent on our public services. Yet our leaders refused to allow the National Banner on the demonstrations.

12. VOTE FOR A CHANGE

For too long, the NUT has failed to defend members against the attacks we face.

I will offer a real change from the old leadership and build a Union that will be prepared to organise serious campaigns to defend teachers and education.


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