ATL delegates vote to ballot members on creation of new education union

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08 November 2016 by ATL
ATL delegates at a special conference have voted to move to a ballot of eligible members on creating a new union with the NUT to strengthen the voice of the profession.
Members voting

ATL’s YES vote came after a long and thorough debate in London on Saturday 5 November where delegates from across ATL’s membership shared their opinions on the opportunities and challenges posed by a new education union of approaching half a million members.

At the same time, NUT delegates at a separate special conference also voted YES to creating a new union and this will require two separate ballots – of ATL and of NUT members – to be held in spring 2017. Two successful ballots will see the creation of the National Education Union in September 2017.

The special conference YES votes follow nearly two years of informal and formal talks between ATL and the NUT over creating a new union to protect and support the wider workforce – from teachers to support staff, lecturers to leaders in maintained and independent workplaces – to allow them to focus on their key role of educating children, young people and adults. 

Details of the ballot and other information on local and national events focusing on creating a new union will be shared with members shortly.

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