Category Archive: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

  1. Senior Leadership Training

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    Staying on the Right Side of the Law 

    An in-depth look at key procedures and how to implement them effectively.

    Capability, Redundancy, Disciplinary, Complaints & Grievance


    • To develop knowledge of important procedures
    • To increase skill and confidence in applying these procedures
    • To aid understanding of how to approach HR issues

    The training will take place on Friday 16 June, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Eanam Wharf in Blackburn. The training is £40 for NUT members and £80 for non-members.

    Click here for more details, including the booking form.


    Mental Health First Aid Training

    What is mental health and mental ill health?

    • Stigma and discrimination
    • The five steps of Mental Health First Aid
    • How to spot symptoms of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
    • Suicide
    • Self-harm
    • Non-judgemental listening skills

    The training will take place on Thursday 06 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Eanam Wharf in Blackburn. The training is £40 for NUT members and £80 for non-members.

    Click here for more details, including the booking form.

  2. HRV AGM Documents

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    The agenda for the 2017 AGM, the minutes for the 2016 AGM and the nomination sheet for association roles have all been sent out to members who have provided an email address. 

    If you have not received these documents and would like a copy, please email Sarah Bedwell ( or call 07736 151235.

  3. Season’s Greetings

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    The executive committee of the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Association of the NUT would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe festive season, and all the best for the new year.

    Our Christmas card was designed by Amirah Khan of Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School.


  4. NUT Reps Foundation Training

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    Foundation training has been organised in the North-west for October 2016.
    Book your places quickly.

    October 5 – 7
    Holiday Inn
    FREE with travel expenses reimbursed.

    For more information and booking details go hereIMAG1543.

  5. Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Special General Meeting

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    A special general meeting of the HRV Association will be held on Wednesday 27 April at 4.30pm, at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Oswaldtwistle.

    The agenda will include the latest news on the White Paper: Wrong Priorities campaign and our nomination for the General Secretary election.

  6. Kill the Bill

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    On 15 July 2015, the Government’s Trade Union Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill contains a wide range of restrictions on trade union freedom, new restrictions on the right to organise, the right to facilities at the workplace, and the right to bargain collectively. It also introduces new restrictions on both the right to strike, and trade union political freedom, while exposing trade union administration to unjustified levels of scrutiny.

    The provisions of the bill includes:

    — banning strikes in most public services unless first, at least 50% of those participating in the proposed action vote in the ballot, and second, at least 40% of those affected also support the action;

    — allowing employers to hire agency staff during strikes;

    — requiring ballots to be re-run every four months, and setting a minimum two weeks’ notice for any industrial action;

    — criminalising unlawful or ‘intimidatory’ picketing rather than treating it as a civil offence, and requiring a union official to oversee such pickets and ensure that they abide by the law, for instance, that no more than six strikers are present and introduces fines of up to £20,000 on unions if pickets do not wear an official armband

    — limiting the amount of time that your representatives can spend on union business;

    — giving the government trade union certification officer powers to fine unions up to £20,000 for breaches of reporting rules which will include an annual audit of its protests and pickets.

    In addition, the Trade Union Bill requires unions to contact each union member directly to ask if they want to pay into the political levy, and to repeat the question every five years. A requirement to opt in to the political levy is likely to dramatically reduce the number of members paying it.

    Public sector unions have been particularly focused on, as a part of a strategy to suppress organised resistance to the privatisation of services and to eliminate any meaningful bargaining over pay, terms and conditions, allowing cuts to wages, pensions and staff.

    What to do:

    — Lobby and rally Monday 2nd November, Westminster
    — Write to your MP – you can use this model letter
    — Contact local media
    — Run a stall
    — Spread the word online

    Thanks to Stockport NUT’s Dawn Taylor for producing these resources. If you would like a copy for your school meetings, which includes presentation notes, please contact

  7. HRV General Meeting

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    The first general meeting of the new school year will take place on Wednesday 16 September at 4.30pm. Meetings are held at Laneside Residents Association, 98 Ribblesdale Avenue, Accrington.