A message from Tony Nuttall – Secretary of Barnsley Save Our NHS
The NHS will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on Thursday 5th July. This is at a time when it is increasingly under attack by the Tories. In Barnsley, we have already seen the removal of hyperacute stroke beds, the closure of Mount Vernon Hospital, the closure of the Keresforth Centre and the transfer of support services at Barnsley Hospital to an “arms-length company”. Further cuts of up to £571million are envisaged in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. The same is happening throughout the country, meaning that the future of the NHS is in doubt.
On Saturday, 30th June, in London, there will be a national demonstration to say that a publicly owned and funded NHS is essential to the quality of life of ordinary working people and must stay. This message needs to be sent not only to the Tories but to all political parties. The demonstration is officially supported by the TUC, Health Campaigns Together, the People’s Assembly and all the main NHS trade unions.
We will be running transport from Barnsley. If you would like to book a seat(s), please contact me, Tony Nuttall, on 0775 883 6854. We will be leaving at 7.30am on Saturday 30th from opposite the Parkway Cinema in the middle of town. Seats will be £20 waged. £10 unwaged.
It’s hoped that we can get a big contingent from Barnsley to take a stand on this most important issue.
Further details of the demo are at: https://www.healthcampaignstog ether.com/
Calling all Young Teachers!!
you are invited to join us at The Royal Barnsley on June 28th between 5:00 & 6:00pm for the annual young teachers meeting in the Barnsley area.
Please see above flyer for further details and to RSVP.
May Day Festival of Solidarity
When: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018
Time: 13:00 (5th) 10:30 (6th)
Venue: Old School House Venue Barnsley
For more information about the acts please visit https://maydaysolidarity.wordpress.com
For tickets and prices please visit
Barnsley May Day March
All members invited
When: Saturday 5th May 2018
Time: 11:30 assemble at Eastgate 12:00 march
Where: Rally in Peel Square
Speakers: Ian Hodson (Bakers Union), John Dunne (Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign), MPs Dan Jarvis & Stephanie Peacock, and local campaigners including from NUT/NEU.
A demonstration has been organised by the Peoples Assembly to protest at the Tory Conference in Manchester on Sunday 1st October. It is supported by a number of unions and is very important for public sector workers, like teachers, who are facing yet another year of the 1% pay cap.
Barnsley Trades Council has organised a coach to travel over to the demonstration.
Tickets are £12 (£6 for unwaged) and can be bought by phoning 07985 028003.
NEU Barnsley (NUT) support for this will be discussed at the next management meeting.
It has been impossible to watch the events at Grenfell Tower with anything but a hollow feeling of grief and despair, and yet the way in which the local community and others have responded have demonstrated the very best of humanity.
I am sure that there are many staff and young people who would wish to show support in some way and we have been in contact with colleagues in West London about how we can do this.
They have told us that schools in West London, and increasingly across the country, are holding a wear green for Grenfell day on Friday 23rd June and have said that they would welcome this being done is as many schools as possible – they are using the Twitter hashtag #greenforgrenfell – an image for this is attached.
Please inform your colleagues of this initiative and, if your school is taking part, email email@example.com with any images we can place on our website.
Your May/June 2017 issue of the Teacher magazine has been posted to you, but you can also read it online here.
In this issue, we outline our Manifesto for Education in the General Election, the vote to amalgamate with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and review our recent annual conference in Cardiff.
There is a round-up of the union’s campaigns, including the country-wide movement against school cuts, tackling workload and against selective education and grammar schools.
This issue is packed with news from ordinary teachers, including maths teacher Juhel Miah who fell fowl of Donald Trump’s travel ban.
There are also interviews with 100-year-old campaigner Len Goldman and Lucie Stephens, whose mother Sue died from asbestosis.
The Teacher team would love to hear your news, views and campaign reports. Please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would rather read or download the magazine online – and reduce its impact on the environment – you opt not to receive a paper copy. Just click here to let us know.
Schools ABC (Against Borders for Children), which is a group seeking to boycott the recording of nationality data in the school census, have produced a short film on YouTube to raise the awareness of parents’ continued right to refuse to give data in the run-up to the May 18 census.
A model template refusal letter for parents may be found here. Please share this information with parents in your area.