The steering committee of the Local Associations National Action Campaign (LANAC), a rank-and-file network in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) met on 23 November in Nottingham.
The meeting was attended by over 20 delegates from NUT associations (branches), and others. Its main discussion was on the union’s ongoing dispute over pay, workload, and pensions. Delegates discussed how to revive national action, and how to build a real campaign over workload. LANAC will circulate a model motion calling for national strikes, and for the union to promote local strikes over workload, and to publicise successes.
A second model motion was also endorsed encouraging associations to build networks of reps, joint action committees, and other local rank-and-file structures to escalate the action-short-of-strikes at a local level.
The meeting also voted to write an open letter to the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), asking them to withdraw the candidacy of their comrade Jess Edwards, who plans to stand against Socialist Party member and LANAC convenor Martin Powell-Davies in the forthcoming election for the Inner London seat on the NUT’s Executive.
Despite claiming to support LANAC’s strategy of escalation, the SWP are standing as part of a slate with Alex Kenny, a leading “left-wing” supporter of the current leadership’s “strategy”. LANAC also agreed to support AWL member and Notts NUT activist Liam Conway against a possible victimisation from union officialdom for his role in raising questions about possible financial corruption by officers of his local union.
Minutes of the meeting, and the model motions for NUT associations, will appear on the LANAC website.