The election for the national officers of National Union of Teachers (NUT) national officers opens on Wednesday of next week.
Activists should be doing all they can to get votes for Roger King and Gill Goodswen.
These elections are crucial. For the first time the left – organised in the Socialist Teachers Alliance (STA) and the Campaign for a Democratic and Fighting Union (CDFU) – have a real chance of winning a majority on the national officer body of the union.
This comes at a vital time for teachers – on 10 December the NUT is planning to begin a ballot for national strike action to resist Gordon Brown’s pay freeze. How that strike campaign develops will often be in the hands of the national officers.
Roger King plays a leading role on the NUT executive, arguing for more robust campaigns and for action alongside other unions.
He is an excellent candidate with great national credibility, partly arising from his role as chair of the TUC black workers’ conference. Gill has made similar arguments at NUT conference over many years.
Materials about Roger and Gill’s campaigns have been sent to every school in the country.
The next steps in the campaign are getting the vote out in every school and association.
We need recommendations for branch officers and school reps to be sent to local members and for activists to systematically check that members in their schools have received their ballot forms and returned them.