Dear Prime Minister,
I noted with interest the announcement today that the Conservative Party will include in its manifesto a commitment to introduce a requirement for a threshold of 50% member turn-out for trade union ballots for the action taken as a result of those ballots to be lawful.
In the recent election of academy headteachers to the Headteacher Boards for England the turnout was 38%. As you are aware, these Boards will have oversight of all academy and free schools in England and clearly the members of the Boards will be performing an important public duty.
I would therefore welcome your view on whether these headteachers have a legitimate mandate to take on this important role and to make decisions affecting tax payers and their children.
I am copying this letter to the Secretary of State for Education for her information.
NASUWT General Secretary
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