Teachers' unions merge to make super-union

Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted plan to share the post of general secretary.


The members of two teaching unions have voted to merge to form a new super-union, to be called the National Education Union (NEU).


The merged National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers will become the biggest union of teachers and educators in Europe.


ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said with nearly half a million members, the profession would have a stronger voice.


NUT head Kevin Courtney said the union would be a game-changer.


The NEU will be formed on 1 September and will represent some 450,000 teachers, as well as other education workers such as teaching assistants and support staff.


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