ATL and NUT to merge and form a new education super-union

The two teaching unions have voted to become the NEU - super-union with around 450,000-members.


The NUT and ATL unions have taken the historic decision to form a new 'super-union' with nearly half a million members, it was announced today. 


Members of both unions voted to merge and create a new organisation - the National Education Union.


The results show 97.2 per cent of NUT members voted for the merger and 2.8 per cent voted against. In the ATL 72.8 per cent members voted for and 26.8 per cent voted against.


With approximately 450,000 members it will comfortably be the largest education union in Britain, and the fourth largest union in the TUC. 


Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney - the general secretaries of the ATL and NUT, respectively - will lead the NEU as joint general secretaries when it formally comes into being in September. 


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