Articles from United Kingdom
Climate action and literacy 17 May 2023
United Kingdom: National Education Union ramps up mobilisation for climate justice
Climate justice, climate education, and a just transition to a green economy all featured heavily on the agenda of the 2023 annual Conference of the National Education Union in the United Kingdom.United Kingdom: National Education Union ramps up mobilisation for climate justice
Leading the profession 20 March 2023
Lessons in organising: union renewal and the war on teachers
How can unions engage in a genuine renewal process and build union power to address union members’ needs in a fast changing political environment?Lessons in organising: union renewal and the war on teachers
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 31 January 2023
UK: Educators deserve a pay rise now!
Education International and member organisations fully support the National Education Union (NEU), organising a one-day strike in England and Wales on February 1st to demand a fully funded, above inflation pay rise for educators.UK: Educators deserve a pay rise now!
Standards and working conditions 15 February 2022
UK: Higher education staff strike over massive pension cuts and deteriorating pay and working conditions
Since February 14, thousands of University and College Union (UCU) members in the UK are taking strike action in higher education over massive cuts to university pensions . Further action is also planned over pay and working conditions .UK: Higher education staff strike over massive pension cuts and deteriorating pay and working conditions
Standards and working conditions 14 February 2022
Zimbabwe: Strike action by teachers as government leaves them in a financial crisis
The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) recently called on teachers to take industrial action following the government’s continued refusal to resolve longstanding salary issues, leaving teachers financially “incapacitated”. Since 7 February, teachers are on strike.Zimbabwe: Strike action by teachers as government leaves them in a financial crisis
Equity and inclusion 17 December 2021
We only protect ourselves by protecting others
It brings such shame on the UK Government that in November 2021, 27 people including a pregnant woman, drowned in utterly miserable and terrifying circumstances just a few miles from being able to claim asylum. Safe legal routes to claim asylum have been increasingly restricted. Airlines are fined if they...We only protect ourselves by protecting others
Equity and inclusion 16 December 2021
Education unions in Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, the USA and South Africa call on governments to support vaccine equity
Education International member organisations in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, the United States of America and South Africa are calling on governments to support the temporary waiver of intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments at the World Trade Organization. If adopted, the waiver would enable an expansion...Education unions in Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, the USA and South Africa call on governments to support vaccine equity
Trade union rights are human rights 8 December 2021
UK: University staff vote on strike action over pension, pay, and working conditions
University and College Union (UCU) branches at 42 universities in the UK are holding reballots, asking members to back strike action regarding pay, pensions, casualisation, and increasing workloads.UK: University staff vote on strike action over pension, pay, and working conditions
Equity and inclusion 3 December 2021
Momentum must be harnessed to tackle scourge of violence against women and girls
The Covid-19 pandemic has had profound consequences for teachers and students and for global progress in meeting the goal of quality public education for all. But, together with a health crisis, we continue deal with the pandemic of sexism and misogyny which is blighting the lives, education and life chances...Momentum must be harnessed to tackle scourge of violence against women and girls
Leading the profession 17 November 2021
UK: Overworked higher education staff back industrial action
University and College Union (UCU) members working in UK universities have backed strike action in a ballot over cuts to pensions. This comes in light of a recent report which revealed a mental health crisis and one in five university staff working the equivalent of two extra days per week.UK: Overworked higher education staff back industrial action
Leading the profession 6 September 2021
Storm in a Teacup, or a Typhoon Brewing? Rising Barometer on the Market Review of Initial Teacher Education Reform in England.
On July 5th 2021, just as English schools, teacher training providers and universities were packing up after a long hard year navigating Covid-19 and series of ill-managed lockdowns by government, the Department for Education’s (DfE) commissioned review on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) was released. Called a Market Review of Initial...Storm in a Teacup, or a Typhoon Brewing? Rising Barometer on the Market Review of Initial Teacher Education Reform in England.
Leading the profession 27 August 2021
The Right to an Outstanding Teacher
You couldn’t make it up. Claim you are concerned about a high-quality teacher training offer for the sector and impose on the sector a one-size-fits-all, highly prescribed, and tightly regulated model. Say you are in consultation mode but do it over the summer when no-one is around, and for good...The Right to an Outstanding Teacher
Equity and inclusion 19 August 2021
Disability and Teaching In The Time of The Covid Crisis
I’m Julie, a deaf/blind high school teacher in the North of Scotland. Here is my experience balancing 16 months of Covid-19 as a deaf/blind teacher and unionist.Disability and Teaching In The Time of The Covid Crisis
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 15 June 2021
G7 leaders commit to support girls’ education but fall short on financing the promise
During last weekend’s meeting, G7 leaders announced their support for theGirls’ Education Declaration and committed to addressing the setbacks brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, financial commitments announced for the Global Partnership for Education are below the amount needed to ensure the most vulnerable have access to education.G7 leaders commit to support girls’ education but fall short on financing the promise
Equity and inclusion 19 March 2021
“Committed leadership and concerted action needed to end the pandemic of racial discrimination”, by Patrick Roach.
On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, it is prescient that our trade unions in the UK will be coming together at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers’ Conference to advance a progressive agenda for anti-racism on the anniversary of the first national...“Committed leadership and concerted action needed to end the pandemic of racial discrimination”, by Patrick Roach.
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 18 February 2021
Iraq: Academics’ freedom and trade union rights under attack
The Association of Iraqi Academics (AIA) has warned against the abrogation of the law allowing Iraqi academics to perform trade union activities. It has also called for solidarity with them and support for their rights of association and organisation.Iraq: Academics’ freedom and trade union rights under attack
Trade union rights are human rights 14 January 2021
“Safe schools: the foundation of recovering children's education from this pandemic”, by Patrick Roach (NASUWT, UK).
Despite the enormous efforts and sacrifices made by our teachers and education staff, children and young people’s learning has inevitably suffered hugely from the disruption of the pandemic.“Safe schools: the foundation of recovering children's education from this pandemic”, by Patrick Roach (NASUWT, UK).
Union growth 5 January 2021
“Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”
Kevin Courtney, Mary Bousted
England is once again in a national lockdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing on the evening of Monday 4 January that a third lockdown, including the closure of most schools, was necessary to address rising infection rates and the rapid spread of the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus...“Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”