Joint vision for education
This document answers frequently asked questions about the moves towards professional unity on the part of the ATL and NUT.
The National Union of Teachers has been pursuing the policy of trade union unity for all teachers for many years. We believe that all teachers in all schools in England and Wales should be united in one organisation. It makes sense for a number of reasons.
The new union would have potentially over a half a million members and would be a powerful force in education and the trade union movement. The government and employers would need to take such an organisation seriously and would not be able to deploy the policy of divide and rule. The new organisation would be more economical to run and would target members’ subscriptions on matters important to teachers and education rather than on competitive recruitment between the unions.
For these reasons we have a standing invitation to all other teachers’ unions to come and talk about setting up a new union for all teachers for a more effective and efficient means of representing the profession.
We would like to hear from you about the activities you are undertaking locally at school or association level in support of professional unity. Please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org