Differing recollection of union history
Here are a few hints. In 1974, the NUT opposed the Houghton Inquiry, which gave teachers their biggest-ever pay rise. In 1986, after the most successful period of joint action known, the NUT gave away a week of our holidays (now known as Inset days) in return for a pay rise that was swallowed up by inflation within 18 months; the NASUWT voted by over 90 per cent against this.
In the 1990s, the NUT warned that NASUWT industrial action against the KS3 Sats (the original proposals being that teachers would mark them unpaid and produce dozens of pages of evidence for the teacher-assessed level) was illegal and result in our assets being sequestrated; we won in the high court. Finally, the NUT has opposed the introduction of PPA time, the elimination of cover and the other gains from Workforce Reform over the last few years.
Mike Matejtschuk, Abingdon, Oxon.