Pauline Town, 1st June 2018

NUT18: The role of retired teachers in the NEU

Motion 50 was proposed and seconded by the Hammersmith & Fulham Association, and came from the Association that was Christine Blower, our former National General Secretary's Association.

The motion recognised the contribution that retired teacher members give in support of their Associations, through the work they do and time that they give. It stated that NUT and ATL have it seems different rules about the involvement of retired members in union activities. However under the new Union rules that are due to come into effect in Jan.2018, retired members' roles will be restricted. This will affect several Associations/divisions on how they operate.

The motion therefore called upon the Joint Executive Committee to urgently survey retired members and local Officers to establish the current contribution, and how this can best be used in the future Union. And what roles such members should play. It required a plan to be produced, and to include the right for such members to take part in the democratic processes of the Union.(NB.The latter point refers to not being able to vote in National Officer elections etc.)

An amendment was proposed by the Executive that deleted the above latter paragraph ie.the survey etc. and basically watered down the motion. It did acknowledge that retired members should have the right to vote in the National Officer elections. It did stress that working teachers should take the leading positions in Associations. However it did recognise that in some Associations they would not function without the support of retired members. However the Amendment was lost, as speakers against said it was too wishy-washy.

The Leics. delegates supported the motion, as its content was particularly applicable to our Association and our Officers, and with our major problem of No Central Union Facility time.


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