I have blogged about Nick Grant, the branch secretary for the Ealing branch of the teachers’ union NUT, before here.
In a surprising unforced error (see answer to question below) the council has admitted that at a time when every penny counts it has given the NUT an extra £10K worth of Ealing residents’ cash. It seems that when Nick Grant got elected to the NUT’s governing national executive (supported by the Socialist Worker’s Party (SWP) of which he is also a member of its national executive) the council gave him another day a week off for union business. I don’t suppose that it costs much less than £50K to “employ” Mr Grant. So one day a week is the equivalent of a £10K a year bung to the NUT which has absolutely nothing to do with providing services to Ealing residents. On the contrary Grant is in the vanguard of organising strikes in Ealing’s schools.
Mr Grant is not only one of 10, yes 10, SWP supported people on the NUT national executive he is also co-founder of the Anti Academies Alliance. Unaccountably, at a time of high stress, the council is giving this man another £10K to be an extreme left-wing activist.
This unforced error on the part of the administration is yet another illustration of the laziness and lack of attention to detail exhibited by the councillors who are supposed to be in charge. It is customary for such answers, which are formally the answers of the portfolio holders themselves, to be passed to the portfolio holder for approval. In practice the answers are written by officers but if I had seen this answer going over my desk I would simply have asked that the additional information, which was not asked for, was omitted. Their laziness at least allows you to get a glimpse of what is really going on.
Update: Apparently the average teacher union rep on facility time in Ealing costs £76K per annum so the pay rise was more like £15K than £10K.