There is general agreement among lecturers that while many people were happy at the number of UCU Left supporters elected to the executive, the numbers voting were pitifully low.
Sean Vernell, a further education lecturer who was elected to the executive, said, “Involving a new layer of people in the union is really important. That is how the union will be effective in its campaigning work.
“A lot of us have been elected for a one year term of office. If the large left presence isn’t going to be a flash in the pan, then we need to broaden our base among the rank and file of the union.
“We should make sure that our members in the regions know what the left in the national union is arguing for. We should be thinking about regular newsletters and about going to speak to branches.”
Howard Miles, who was also elected to the executive, added, “We now have to focus on UCU’s first delegate conference because it will shape the way in which the union moves forward.
“The rules of the union state that executive members are not automatically delegated – so the left needs to be organising now.”
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