Welcome to the Portsmouth District web pages. Use the contact information on this page to get in touch about casework, local meetings and training, annual conference and other issues.
Reps Thank You / New and Young Professionals Summer Social
Workplace representatives along with new and young professionals (up to age 35) are invited to our summer social on Thursday 7 July 2022 at 7.00pm at The Southsea Village, Palmerston Road. Food and drink is provided.
We are delighted to again be sponsors of Portsmouth Pride and have formed a partnership with Portsmouth Pride Youth Society, enabling the society to hold termly events for young people in the city. At the 2022 main day event, Portsmouth NEU marched alongside the Portsmouth Pride Youth Society in the parade, and then had a stall where we shared the union's message of 'inclusion not exclusion'. Click the gallery to see photos from the day.
Five delegates from Portsmouth represented our district at annual conference in Bournemouth during the Easter break. There were lots of lively debates with motions passed on issues affecting members across all sectors. Find out more about conference decisions here: https://neu.org.uk/annual-conference-2022.
Pamodzi Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards
Portsmouth NEU are proud sponsors of this event which recognises inspirational women and girls in our city. Representatives from Portsmouth NEU attended the 2022 celebration event where joint secretaries Helen Reeder and Charlotte Lawrence presented the education award which went to the fantastic Sophie Venables.
PHS Parents' Meeting with Mary Bousted
Portsmouth NEU hosted a meeting for Portsmouth High School parents to discuss the ongoing pensions dispute. Along with parents, the meeting was attended by NEU Joint General Secretary Mary Bousted, PHS NEU members and Cllr George Fielding. This was a productive meeting with those attending united in support of NEU members involved in the dispute. Click the gallery to see more.
Strike Action at Portsmouth High School
Teacher members of the NEU at Portsmouth High School have been on several days of strike action as part of an ongoing dispute to defend their pensions.
The Girls’ Day School Trust proposes to remove its teaching staff from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. If this were to go ahead, teachers will be at least 20% worse off on average in terms of the annual amount they receive in pension payments. The strike, which followed a ballot in which 95% of teacher members at 23 GDST schools voting in favour of discontinuous strike action on a turnout of 84%, was the first in the GDST's 149 year history.
The picket lines have been well-supported with NEU members and reps from other Portsmouth schools and colleges, local councillors and even NEU members from the Isle of Wight joining PHS teacher members. Click the gallery to see more.
District 11 Executive Member By-Election
Thank you to all members that voted in this important union election. We are delighted to say that our joint secretary, Helen Reeder, was elected to this role. Congratulations Helen!
New and Young Professionals Socials
It was fantastic to meet many of our new and young professionals at our Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022 social events. Over a well-earned drink and nibbles, members were able to network and find out more about getting involved with the union. Click the gallery to see more.
COP26 Global Day of Action
Portsmouth NEU members, along with those from the wider South East region and other trade unionists, attended the COP26 Global Day of Action demonstration in Guildall Square. Portsmouth NEU joint secretaries, Helen Reeder and Charlotte Lawrence spoke at the event and promised the children of Portsmouth that the NEU will fight to end the climate injustice affecting their generation. Click the gallery to see more. Find out more about the NEU's work on climate change here: https://neu.org.uk/climate-change
Other ways to find support
Your regional NEU office is South East Region. Call 01444 894500 or use the email contact form. If you need to speak to a member adviser, call AdviceLine on 0345 811 8111 or use the email contact form.