My candidature has ensured that there is a contested election for this key post in the Union. I hope this will help to engage NUT colleagues across England and Wales in the debate about how best to defeat the ongoing attacks on teachers and education.
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I hope that NUT Associations will agree that members should be given a full opportunity to read about the candidates and their policies before voting. I am grateful for those who have already agreed to circulate my election poster. I also hope that Associations would be prepared to email their members with the 150 word statement that I had hoped would be posted on the National NUT website. Here it is:
MARTIN POWELL-DAVIES - A STATEMENT FOR THE NUT GENERAL SECRETARY ELECTION
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP WITH A WINING STRATEGY
I am seeking your support to lead the NUT in a battle we cannot afford to lose.
Whoever forms the next Government, Ministers will continue to criticise teachers, undermine our pay and conditions, damage children’s education.
Teachers have solidly supported their Union’s campaign but know it’s far from won.
- demoralisation and worsening workload,
- colleagues driven from the profession,
- damaging pension and pay legislation imposed.
A TEACHER SPEAKING UP FOR TEACHERS
Continued public campaigning is essential but we will only win serious concessions when we show we are prepared to take serious action.
We need clear campaign objectives, a calendar of ongoing action rather than isolated ‘protest’ strikes, firm workload action across schools.
If elected General Secretary, I pledge to:
- encourage professional unity,
- strengthen workplace organisation,
- give members confidence to escalate action,
- sharpen our media messages, explaining we act to defend education.