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Martin Powell-Davies

for NEU Deputy General Secretary

Leading from the front, building from below

Videos (14 to choose from!)

Hear from just some of the voices, from right across the NEU, that are supporting a Powell-Davies "1" vote in the election for Deputy General Secretary this October.
Hear from just some of the voices, from right across the NEU, that are supporting a Powell-Davies "1" vote in the election for Deputy General Secretary this October.
Martin explains why, if we are serious about defeating the Pay Freeze, our plans have to include more than just postcards and letters. We need to be planning for national action.
Martin explains why, if we are serious about defeating the Pay Freeze, our plans have to include more than just postcards and letters. We need to be planning for national action.
Martin has fought for all his working life to build trade union strength and collective action to defend educators and education. This short video gives just a flavour of the successful campaigns that Martin has led.
Martin has fought for all his working life to build trade union strength and collective action to defend educators and education. This short video gives just a flavour of the successful campaigns that Martin has led.
Why the NEU has to make a stand against the pay freeze and National Insurance increases, and sets out his strategy to win on pay, workload and education funding.
Why the NEU has to make a stand against the pay freeze and National Insurance increases, and sets out his strategy to win on pay, workload and education funding.
Martin sets out why he is seeking nominations to stand as NEU Deputy General Secretary (with thanks to Hammersmith and Fulham NEU).
Martin sets out why he is seeking nominations to stand as NEU Deputy General Secretary (with thanks to Hammersmith and Fulham NEU).
Martin issues an immediate  call for unions to prepare for action in response to the STRB announcement confirming a teachers' pay freeze.
Martin issues an immediate  call for unions to prepare for action in response to the STRB announcement confirming a teachers' pay freeze.
Martin joins parents in explaining how, when other countries are increasing mitigations for Covid safety after the summer, Boris Johnson is removing them.
Martin joins parents in explaining how, when other countries are increasing mitigations for Covid safety after the summer, Boris Johnson is removing them.
Martin responds immediately on LBC to Boris Johnson ignoring his own scientific advisers and changing policy on face coverings in schools
Martin responds immediately on LBC to Boris Johnson ignoring his own scientific advisers and changing policy on face coverings in schools
IPCC issues Climate Change "Code Red for Humanity" Listen to Martin explain why we need global action - not empty phrases from politicians
IPCC issues Climate Change "Code Red for Humanity" Listen to Martin explain why we need global action - not empty phrases from politicians
Martin sets out his 'Manifesto for Wales'
Martin sets out his 'Manifesto for Wales'
Martin speaks on Williamson's plans to worsen our workload - and calls for a National Contract for all
Martin speaks on Williamson's plans to worsen our workload - and calls for a National Contract for all
Martin speaks up on BBC News to explain why the NEU are calling for a phased return
Martin speaks up on BBC News to explain why the NEU are calling for a phased return
Martin appearing on RT, 5th January 2021 discussing the government U-turn
Martin appearing on RT, 5th January 2021 discussing the government U-turn
Martin on LBC, 18th August 2020 debating the Exam Grading U turn
Martin on LBC, 18th August 2020 debating the Exam Grading U turn
Hear from just some of the voices, from right across the NEU, that are supporting a Powell-Davies "1" vote in the election for Deputy General Secretary this October.
Hear from just some of the voices, from right across the NEU, that are supporting a Powell-Davies "1" vote in the election for Deputy General Secretary this October.
Martin has fought for all his working life to build trade union strength and collective action to defend educators and education. This short video gives just a flavour of the successful campaigns that Martin has led.
Martin has fought for all his working life to build trade union strength and collective action to defend educators and education. This short video gives just a flavour of the successful campaigns that Martin has led.
Martin explains why, if we are serious about defeating the Pay Freeze, our plans have to include more than just postcards and letters. We need to be planning for national action.
Martin explains why, if we are serious about defeating the Pay Freeze, our plans have to include more than just postcards and letters. We need to be planning for national action.
Martin sets out why he has been seeking nominations to stand as NEU Deputy General Secretary (with thanks to Hammersmith and Fulham NEU).
Martin sets out why he has been seeking nominations to stand as NEU Deputy General Secretary (with thanks to Hammersmith and Fulham NEU).
Martin joined parents to explain how, when other countries were increasing mitigations for Covid safety after the summer, Boris Johnson was removing them.
Martin joined parents to explain how, when other countries were increasing mitigations for Covid safety after the summer, Boris Johnson was removing them.
IPCC issues Climate Change "Code Red for Humanity" Listen to Martin explain why we need global action - not empty phrases from politicians
IPCC issues Climate Change "Code Red for Humanity" Listen to Martin explain why we need global action - not empty phrases from politicians
Martin sets out why the NEU has to make a stand against the pay freeze and National Insurance increases, and his strategy to win on pay, workload and education funding.
Martin sets out why the NEU has to make a stand against the pay freeze and National Insurance increases, and his strategy to win on pay, workload and education funding.
Martin issues an immediate call for unions to prepare for action in response to the STRB announcement confirming a teachers' pay freeze.
Martin issues an immediate call for unions to prepare for action in response to the STRB announcement confirming a teachers' pay freeze.
Martin responds immediately on LBC to Boris Johnson ignoring his own scientific advisers and changing policy on face coverings in schools
Martin responds immediately on LBC to Boris Johnson ignoring his own scientific advisers and changing policy on face coverings in schools
Martin sets out his 'Manifesto for Wales'
Martin sets out his 'Manifesto for Wales'
Martin speaks on Williamson's plans to worsen our workload - and calls for a National Contract for all
Martin speaks on Williamson's plans to worsen our workload - and calls for a National Contract for all
Martin speaks up on BBC News to explain why the NEU are calling for a phased return
Martin speaks up on BBC News to explain why the NEU are calling for a phased return
Martin appearing on RT, 5th January 2021 discussing the government U-turn
Martin appearing on RT, 5th January 2021 discussing the government U-turn
Martin on LBC, 18th August 2020 debating the Exam Grading U turn
Martin on LBC, 18th August 2020 debating the Exam Grading U turn

News

Pay & Workload

17th August 2021

Oppose the pay freeze with action, not just words!

Martin explains why letters and petitions are not enough and sets out his strategy for building national action on pay and workload. Download his leaflet here.

25th July 2021

Prepare for action to oppose the pay freeze!

Martin issues an immediate video statement calling for unions to prepare national action in response to the confirmation of a pay freeze for teachers.

27th April 2021

Winning on Workload

Martin writes on why the Union needs to campaign for a limit on overall working hours – not just teachers’ directed time.

9th April 2021

NEU Conference 2021:

Martin writes on why he was proposing Motion 14 on a ‘National Contract for Education’

9th April 2021

Longer days, shorter holidays

Read more on Martin’s response to Williamson’s proposals for longer days and shorter holidays

24th January 2021
20th November 2020

Funding & Safety

26th August 2021

Suggested advice for reps and officers on insisting on Covid safety at the start of the new term.

In response to the reckless DfE guidance and rising infection rates, Martin has drafted some suggested safety advice to assist reps and officers in meeting with employers and school leaders. Download Martin’s advice here.

2nd July 2021
2nd June 2021

‘Recovery Commissioner’ resigns – demand the funding schools and colleges need

Martin calls for unions to prepare action to oppose Williamson’s threat of a damaging increase to the school day and demand the additional investment our schools and colleges need.
15th February 2021
5th January 2021
1st January 2021

Fully open schools are unsafe environments for staff or students –  apply Section 44

Martin puts out the call for staff to assert their rights to protect the safety of staff and the safety of school communities at the start of term.

Educate & Organise

14th September 2021
5th July 2021

An educators’ DGS on an educator’s salary 

Martin explains his salary pledge here.

28th June 2021
18th June 2021

Martin sets out his ‘Manifesto for Wales’

Listen to Martin, download and read Martin’s ‘Manifesto for Wales’ here .

18th May 2021

Organise to oppose Williamson’s academisation plans

Martin warns that this Government still plans to push further towards doing away entirely with  democratic local control over education through elected Local Authorities.

14th March 2021
29th January 2021

Questions to a DGS candidate

Union Democracy, Safety, Honoraria, Facility Time, International Solidarity

A DGS who will work with you to win

1. Action to protect the health, safety and welfare of staff and our communities from Covid-19. Don’t leave members to fight alone, co-ordinate action to win Union demands.

2. End excessive workload, and end the high stakes testing that drives so much of it. Win a National Contract for all staff that sets a genuine limit on overall working hours, not just teachers’ ‘directed time’.

3. A Union that builds workplace strength that ensures we are a force to be reckoned with. 

Launch union-wide training for NEU reps and officers on how to successfully win collectively. 

4. A Union that supports NEU reps and officers to defend members, individually and collectively. 

Improve our strategies for organising, recruiting and training reps, and advising our caseworkers.

5. No to a pay freeze. No to cuts, fund schools and colleges to fully meet needs. 

Bring the public sector unions together to defend members’ incomes, conditions and jobs.

6. Reverse the privatisation of education.            Oppose academisation. Campaign for LA supply pools.    Return all schools to democratic local control,      staffed under nationally agreed pay & conditions.

7. A Union leading the battle against discrimination and inequality in schools and communities. End Performance Pay. Educate and organise against racism, sexism, disability discrimination and LGBT+ oppression.

8. A Union that recruits, organises and fully represents all education workers working in our schools and colleges. Win negotiating rights for support staff colleagues. Provide supply staff with the support they need, including a sector seat on the NEC.

9. A genuinely democratic union where members are ‘listened to’, not just ‘talked at’. 

Build a vibrant inclusive union that values its staff but is led by its elected representatives, its National Executive members, local officers and workplace reps.

10. A campaigning, socialist, Deputy General Secretary who stays in touch with the problems that members are facing. I will be listening to you.

I will not accept more than a teacher’s salary for carrying out my role.

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