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National Education Union – Recruitment of Support Staff in Publicly Funded Schools

A TUC agreement has been reached between the support staff unions (UNISON, unite and GMB) and the National Education Union (NEU) which means that the NEU should not ‘actively of knowingly’ recruit support staff working in publicly funded schools (this covers maintained schools, academies, free schools and others). Please find the detailed agreement here: Click Link

The unions also agreed a brief joint statement to accompany the agreement to be sent out to officials and representatives of all relevant unions:

Joint union statement:

“Following discussions held under the auspices of the TUC, the NEU, UNISON, GMB and Unite have reached agreement on how they will work together and organise in publicly funded schools.

The National Education Union recognise that the GMB, UNISON and Unite are the only unions recognised for collective bargaining purposes within the NJC for Local Government Service and will not actively or knowingly recruit school support staff working in publicly funded schools or produce recruitment materials targeting these staff.

The National Education Union gives an assurance that it will not seek recognition and negotiating rights for support staff in publicly funded schools at local and national level.

GMB, UNISON and Unite accept that the National Education Union is recognised for collective bargaining for education staff on Soulbury terms and conditions and for Teachers in Residential Establishments.

Jon Richards
National Secretary
Education and Children’s Services

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