MOTION 14 – Excessive CEO Pay in Academies
President, Conference. As the Government’s flagship academies and free school programme sails toward the rocky coast of disaster it’s time to really consider who is going to sink with the wreckage and who is going to be sitting safe in the lifeboats as the hull is finally submerged into the murky waters of a neoliberal education sector. Will the captains stand at the bridge and, taking full responsibility, go down fighting to save our school? Or, will those who once claimed to be the champions of education, but who now have more in common with the captains of industry, shed crocodile tears as their lifeboat sails away from the wreckage they helped to create?
One thing is certain, these CEOs of academy trusts and MATs are not going to be like pirates of by-gone days, scouring the map to see where x marks the spot then getting out their shovels and digging for treasure. These privateers have had money freely given to them by a Government more concerned with lining the pockets of the few, rather than lining the hungry stomachs of some of our most disenfranchised children.
These self-proclaimed educational gurus are doing fantastically well in one respect. Yes they are. They are flouting the constraints of below inflation public sector pay rises as their pockets bulge with the weight of inflation busting pay increases. Conference, such is this magic, it appears that for every penny that is stripped from already beleaguered school budgets a pound seems to miraculously drop into the pay packet of a MAT CEO.
The magnificent Schools Week website recently published the earnings of some of these magical pirates. Here are some of the staggering figures:
Dan Moynihan of the Harris Federation earns a staggering £440,000 per year
Toby Salt of the Ormiston Academies Trust earns a whopping £200,000 per year
Diana Owen of the LEAD MAT Trust earns an incredible £185,000 per year
Conference, I could go on. These piratical pilferers of the public sector should hang their heads in shame as dedicated, hardworking teachers are increasingly putting their hands in their own pockets to provide much needed resources, and even sometimes food, for increasing numbers of children across the country. Yes, teachers who have themselves suffered a real terms pay cut of around 15% in the past 7 years now have the added insult of seeing CEOs of MATs receiving double figure percentage increases to their already astronomical wages.
Let’s not forget, Conference, the fortunes that go to pay for these huge wages comes from the same pot of public money that should be going to fund our schools properly, so that no teacher has to pay for their students resources, no teacher has to struggle to make ends meet because of below inflation pay increases and ultimately no teacher should have to face the threat of redundancy.
It’s the neo-liberal ideology that has seen these few CEO fat cats pile up their plates at the expense of the many that is redundant.
Conference, it’s time to tear down the Jolly Roger as we raise the new flag of the National Education Union, a union committed to campaigning for proper regulation of these excessive salaries.
As a life-long Mod, this room has very special meaning for me. This is where the Jam played their last ever gig. So I’ll leave you with the words of Paul Weller. I could go on for hours, and I probably will, but I’d sooner put some joy back in this town called Malice. Let’s wrestle that money from the fat cat’s pockets and put it back into our classrooms. I second.
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