The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has condemned the continuing and increasing number of attacks on trade unionists and on workers’ rights across the globe at TUC Congress in Manchester.

The Union has highlighted recent research by the ITUC which found systematic violations of international recognised collective labour rights by governments and employers in countries around the world.

The NASUWT has called on the UK Government to ratify and implement all conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which enshrines rights around issues including pay, freedom of association, collective bargaining and workplace discrimination and to use its influence to press for these rights to be upheld abroad.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The right to be treated fairly at work and to be able to join a trade union and collectively organise should be a basic human right for every worker.

“The increasing attacks on labour rights both at home and abroad are scandalous and unacceptable.

“Workers and trade unionists routinely are arrested beaten and even murdered, simply for standing up for their rights.

“The UK Government needs to demonstrate its support for workers’ rights by implementing the conventions of the ILO and also use its diplomatic pressure and influence to press foreign partners to do likewise.”

Speaking on the motion Patrick Roach, NASUWT Deputy General Secretary,said:

“At home and abroad we need the TUC, together with the ILO and international partners to continue to show the courage, determination and leadership needed to defend workers’ rights at home and abroad, challenge those governments guilty of the most serious violations of workers’ rights and expose our own Government’s hypocrisy and the empty rhetoric behind its promise of a country that works for everyone.”


Responding to reports that Ofsted is to refocus inspections on what children are being taught rather than exam grades, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers Union said:

“The NASUWT has for some time been concerned that the current Ofsted framework is too narrowly focused on performance data and does not fully recognise and allow schools to demonstrate the full breadth of their contribution to the lives of their pupils.

“Teachers will no doubt welcome the comments from the Chief Inspector that she wants to shift the focus of inspection and treat teachers as experts, rather than data managers.

“Data collection, often for the purposes of inspection, is one of the biggest contributors to excessive teacher workload and if implemented effectively, the NASUWT would expect these reforms to help address the problem of excessive bureaucracy which is diverting teachers from focusing on teaching and learning.

“However, the changes, if they are to genuinely support schools to continue to improve and succeed, will need to be carefully developed in close consultation with the school workforce and those that represent them.”

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