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Nutshells #73 Nov 07

Nutshells #73 Nov 07

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This is Ed Balls
, the Minister for Children,Schools and Families. This is the man who isgoing to hold your pay rises down to 2% for thenext three years while inflation runs at over 4%.This is the man who is going to continue toprivatise education by forcing throughAcademies and trust schools. This is the man youshould be contacting to tell him that you are notgoing to stand it any more. You have to make this man listen—or allyour hard-won pay and conditions will be lost. Contact Ed Balls on:http://www.edballs.com/index.jsp?c=/p/feedback/ and tell him whatyou think about pay, work load, SATs, trust schools etc. It is essentialthat all Union members contact their City Councillors and Members of Parliament to let them know that teachers have had enough of beingtold how to do their jobs. Let them know that 10 years of belowinflation pay rises is enough. Don't wait until tomorrow, do it now.
Google
will help you find your MP's address: trywww.theyworkforyou.com 
DO IT NOW 
 
THE 73RD EDITION FOR ALL PLYMOUTH TEACHERS NOVEMBER2007
   N  A   T   I  O   N  A   L    M   E   M   B   E   R  S   H   I   P   A   W  A   R   D    W   I   N   N   E   R   2  0  0  6  /   7 
Independent of Government and not affiliated to any political party 
ASBESTOS—SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED?See page 3
Your pay “rise”this month is
- 1.7%
Inflation now4.2%
Crude Oil @$100 a barrel
The average
 
Plymouthmortgage is now£120 000 [see P4for advice]
 
PO workersachieve a6.7% pay riseafter takingstrike action
 
Electricity & gasprices to rise byat least 10% inJanuary
PA
If you believe your salaryand that of yourco-workers is too highand needs to becut—do nothing
 
THE NUT: “
We work up to a standard not down to a price” 
 
Steve Sinnott said, “You can’tvalue public servantsif you cut their pay” 
“Boom and Bust”
 was the old way ourpay was determined—when it lost its value a big campaign had to belaunched with much government hand- wringing to grudgingly allow teachers’pay to recover—looks like we’re going tosuffer this again...unless we do some-thing to restore its value before it fallseven further.
Who said,
“More tests means less stress?” 
 Answer—see photo below
“We need a union not in partnership with government but in partnership with teachers” 
ASK YOUR ATLAND NASUWTCOLLEAGUESTO JOIN US INACTION TOPROTECT OURPAY
Ed Balls isasked to explainwhy a 2% payrise for 3 yearsis a good dealfor teachersand properlyrewards themfor the work they do
Your standard of living is fallingand will continue to fall unlessyou do something about it
 
STRB Report on pay delayed
 —the government’s mouthpiece, the“independent” School Teachers’ Review Body, has delayed publishingits observations on the 3-year 2% pay imposition. When the Reportfinally emerges the NUT will make its rigorous and powerful response
National Ballot Results…...GillGoodswen and Martin Reed elected asV/Presidents with Alyson Palmer andHilary Bills as examiners of accounts.Ian Murch was returned unopposed as Treasurer
IT’S 30,000 !T’S 30,000 !T’S 30,000 ! 
THERE ARE THIRTYTHERE ARE THIRTYTHERE ARE THIRTY THOUSANDTHOUSANDTHOUSAND
FEWEREWEREWER
TLRS THANTLRS THANTLRS THANMANAGEMENTMANAGEMENTMANAGEMENTALLOWANCES...ALLOWANCES...ALLOWANCES... [AND NO UPS4 & 5][AND NO UPS4 & 5][AND NO UPS4 & 5] 
 
 FREE FREE
1GB USB MEMORY STICK 1GB USB MEMORY STICK  for every NQT joining before 1st Januaryfor every NQT joining before 1st January  —  —  just email your membership number and school address to get yours! just email your membership number and school address to get yours! plymnut@teacher.clara.co.uk 
The Plymouth Proprietary Library,
(registered charity no. 1015700), at North Hill, is atraditional library with a unique atmosphere. It was established as a subscription library in 1812,making it one of the oldest surviving organisations in the city’s history. The library holds a widevariety of fiction and non-fiction texts with a special emphasis on late 19
th
and early 20
th
centurynovels. The library is open from 9.30am to 5pm each weekday, (excepting Wednesdays whentraditional half-day closing is observed and the library shuts at 2pm), and is also open onSaturday from 9.30am till 12.30. Annual subscription rates are currently
 
25 and if any NUTmember is interested in joining, the librarians would be pleased to offer a guided tour and answerany specific questions. The Head Librarian, John Smith can be contacted on 660515.
Asbestos – has your school been checked lately?
 
From wonder material to deadly carcinogen, asbestos has had a rollercoaster ride as a material. Asbestos isnow the greatest single killer of people in work related deaths, according to the Health and Safety Executive.About 4000 people die each year from asbestos related illnesses and this expected to rise before the effectof legislation is felt.
Look up
Damaged Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB)
Teacher deaths on the increase
Between 1991 and 2000 there were 79 asbestos-related teacher deaths. In the preceding decade there wereless than 25. The NUT has called on governments from the 1980s to carry out an asbestos survey in everyschool, but to do so would
“provoke panic”
so successive governments have refused. They even refuse todebate the issue in parliament...
 Where can you find asbestos?
You may find asbestos in any school building that was built or refurbished
before 2000 
 – yes, that is 2000.Despite the evidence of asbestos’ deadly nature, it was used in buildings as late as 2000.Common examples of asbestos use would be ceiling tiles, fire blankets in Technology and Science areas,asbestos cement roofs, guttering, fall pipes, asbestos lagging on pipes, sprayed asbestos coatings on wallsand ceilings – even some vinyl floor tiles contain asbestos.
How safe am I?
In most of the forms above, asbestos is safe as long as it not damaged. When broken, fibres can be re-leased into the atmosphere and inhaled. There are three main diseases caused by asbestos: Mesothelioma(which is always fatal), lung cancer (almost always fatal) and asbestosis (not always fatal but it can be verydebilitating).
 
Check your school
Ask you Headteacher if and when the school was last checked.

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