Minutes of the General Meeting held on March 14th 2006
Miriam Murch, Chris Cheetham, Dennis White, Peter Moss, Jane Rendle .
The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true record
There were no matters arising
The Education Bill Conference, London University , March 25 th .
Reports and Discussion
The Education Bill
How Trust schools can affect other local schools by expanding and forcing their closure .
Ian has written to local MPs . Philip Davies (Shipley) opposes the bill but for reasons different from ours – he wants more selection and freedom for schools .
Marsha Singh opposed the bill for more sensible reasons . Other MPs not yet replied .
TLRs and re-structuring
Problems remain in some schools . There have been three indicative ballots for strikes in Bradford schools to date – Heads tend to come up with new proposals when these are successful .
Ian summarised the background to the pensions dispute and the talks currently taking place.
John reported on the problems being caused by the new short-notice system . Some managements are keeping pressure on all the time .
Nominations for the Young Teachers’ Conference, July 7-9 .
Agreed to put on a Newsletter and to seek volunteers .
Winter vomiting has closed several schools and put many under restrictions . Stuart to contact affected schools about supporting staff on interviews .
The Unison, GMB etc strike on March 28th. Discussed what we could do to support striking colleagues .