New education union launches today
The union – a merger between the ATL and NUT – brings together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.
A statement on the new union’s website says: “Combining the expertise and experience of both the ATL and NUT sections, the National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union. We are an effective and powerful voice – championing everyone who works in education.
“We’re committed to making education a great place to work, a great place to teach, and a great place to learn.”
The new union will have a 16-month transition period during which ATL and NUT sections will run separately, and in parallel be overseen by a Joint Executive Council. The period will be used to integrate all systems and structures until 1 January 2019 when the NEU fully amalgamates.
It will have two general secretaries – ATL’s Mary Bousted and the NUT’s Kevin Courtney – until 2023.
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