Originally Posted by rentaghost
Before you get on your high horse I dont take the word of anyone without good reason - however the internet costs came from the Union rep himself who was giving feedback on a meeting he had with the school governers. The budget figures for next year were given by the head and the Governers and not disputed at all by the Unions who accept these cuts would have to be made.
Do I trust our Head Teacher or a Union rep stuck in the 70s who is advocating suicide for anyone that doesnt follow their instructions and someone who I will rarely see again? Probably our Head on balance.
Worrying I must say, very worrying.....you seem to think that the Union rep has some sort of hidden agenda here and you say that it's NASUWT, though I happen to know for a fact that NASUWT would NEVER open a dispute based on a 50% turnout. You do realise that NASUWT activists and officers are all
voluntary lay officials and are not paid for doing what they do, don't you? What sort of agenda could they possibly have?
The reasoning behind such comments from the rep, though I don't condone them in any way, shape or form is because the TUs have encountered such apathy from school teachers regarding the change to academies. After the change, when their working conditions have changed for the worse, guess who are the first people to come whinging about it? Yiou guessed it, it's the people who couldn't be arsed to do anything in the first place.
The reason I question your rather spurious budget claims has been confirmed. It has come directly from the HT and governing body. The unions haven't contested this? Were you there for the TU meeting regarding the change to academy status? Budget projections etc are not something that is automatically produced for academy conversions, and I'd be surprised if your school was forthcoming with these as if your suggestions are correct, I would suggest a rather serious investigation into the budgets is needed, as the type of cuts you are suggesting simply aren't necessary if a budget has been managed properly. In my (fairly wide) experience, this has been used very often as an excuse for changing, along with other ones I bet your school used (County Durham use a stock letter for all schools)like curriculum freedoms, additional funding from private sources etc etc ad nauseum