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Posted on 22 March 2017 at 17:36 GMT

Trade union news

New larger, merged teaching union

ATL and NUT to form a new union

From a press release from the NUT and ATL, 22 March 2017

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Today, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced that members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining to form a new union. The union will be called the National Education Union.

The National Education Union will come into existence on 1 September 2017 with over 450,000 members, representing the majority of teachers and providing a powerful voice for the whole education profession, including support staff, lecturers and leaders working in state-funded and independent schools and colleges. It will be the fourth largest trade union in the UK and the biggest union of teachers and education professionals in Europe.

ATL Ballot Results

Total number of papers issued: 121,083

Total number of ballot papers returned: 29,841

Total number of spoiled papers: 111

Number voting 'YES': 21,722

Number voting 'NO': 8,008

Percentage voting 'YES': 73%

NUT Ballot Results

Total number of papers issued: 300,046

Total number of ballot papers returned: 67,865

Total number of spoiled papers: 29

Number voting 'YES': 65,908

Number voting 'NO': 1,928

Percentage voting 'YES': 97.2 per cent

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