Broad lefts and rank-and-file groups

Powell-Davies gains 27% of vote

Despite leftie-bashing by the Times newspaper, with the help of former General Secretary Fred Jarvis, a sizeable minority of National Union of Teachers members voted for LANAC NUT General Secretary candidate Martin Powell-Davies.

Martin, who stood on a platform calling for escalated and co-ordinated industrial action against Gove’s measures, gained 27% of the vote against incumbent Christine Blower. The result was declared on 25 June.

A sizeable minority of National Union of Teachers members voted for a rank-and-file candidate in the General Secretary election.

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PCS discusses Unite takeover

Two contrasting views of the proposed takeover of civil service union PCS by Unite by a PCS activist and a Unite community member.

PCS-Unite: no to merger!

A PCS activist

The annual conference of PCS, the largest civil service trade union, on 20-22 May will debate a motion submitted by the union’s Executive (NEC) on PCS merging into the big general union Unite.

Two contrasting views of the proposed takeover of the civil service union PCS by Unite by a PCS activist and a Unite community member.

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NUT: build at the base!

The outcome of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Easter conference makes it more important than ever for delegates to build a grass-roots movement capable of challenging the leadership and building local disputes that can increase members’ confidence and capacity and speed serious national action.

The outcome of the National Union of Teachers Easter conference makes it more important than ever for delegates to build a grass-roots movement capable of challenging the leadership and building local disputes that can increase members’ confidence and capacity and speed serious national action.

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Big gains for rank-and-file network in NUT Executive elections

The results of the elections to the NUT National Executive for 2014-16 were released on 10 April. They show significant successes for the Local Associations National Action Campaign (LANAC).

The Local Associations National Action Campaign has made big gains in the recent elections for the National Union of Teachers National Executive Committee.

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Industrial news in brief

Cinema workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton have announced 11 April as the date for the first strike in their dispute over pay.

Members of BECTU at the cinema have conducted a long-running campaign to win the London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour. The typical hourly rate at the Ritzy is currently £7.24.

Workers voted to strike by an 85% majority.

Sparks win contract fight

Electricians working at a Network Rail construction site in Three Bridges, Sussex won new contracts following a wildcat strike on 4 April.

Cinema workers strike; sparks win contract fight; Doncaster care workers to strike again.

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Teachers need a strategy

Nominations for General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) close on 30 April.

Martin Powell-Davies, secretary of Lewisham NUT, is standing as the left candidate for General Secretary, with the support of the rank-and-file activists’ network Lanac, along with Patrick Murphy (Leeds NUT secretary and an AWL member) for Deputy General Secretary.

Martin Powell-Davies, secretary of Lewisham NUT, is standing as the left candidate for General Secretary, with the support of the rank-and-file activists’ network Lanac, along with Patrick Murphy (Leeds NUT secretary and an AWL member) for Deputy General Secretary.

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HE strike day open meeting: where now for our dispute?

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6 February, 2014 - 14:00 to 16:00

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Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross Street, London NW1 2HR

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Union members will be holding an open meeting on our next HE strike day, Feb 6th, to talk about how the dispute is going and what we need to do to continue to fight for fair pay and public education:

• What strategies will help us win the pay campaign and how can we build them?
•Ÿ How can we build links between different unions and campuses?
Ÿ• How can we continue building unity between in-house staff and outsourced workers’ fighting for equal treatment and the Living Wage?

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Teachers' rank-and-file network decides on election push

The Local Associations National Action Campaign (LANAC), the rank-and-file network in the National Union of Teachers (NUT), held its latest conference in Leicester on 1 February.

The Local Associations National Action Campaign (LANAC), the rank-and-file network in the National Union of Teachers (NUT), held its latest conference in Leicester on 1 February.

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