Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

“Workplace trade union representatives should be able to carry out their duties without fear of intimidation or harassment. The victimisation of some reps that we have seen is appalling practice. It is little surprise that this become more widespread during the pandemic as our reps have been relentless in standing up for their fellow teachers and highlighting health and safety concerns. 

“The strength of our union is in our members and the work of every rep in their workplace. We will always firmly support our reps in any cases where they are victimised for standing up for what is right.”


Note to editors

We are currently in Bournemouth for our Annual Conference (11-14 April), during which time you will receive a higher number of press releases than usual.  

The Conference Press Office can be reached on 07879 480 061. You can also email the press officer at  

Our conference agenda is available here

The hashtag for Annual Conference is #NEU2022 

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK, to form the largest education union in Europe. 
  • It is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing its members in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. 

The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.