The result of the recent National Union of Teachers (NUT) election was announced at the end of last week.
The left candidate for treasurer, Ian Murch, was elected unopposed and Gill Goodswen, another left candidate, was elected junior vice president. Unfortunately Roger King, the left candidate from the Socialist Teachers Alliance, came third.
There was a discussion at the Socialist Teachers Alliance executive meeting on Saturday of last week about the results.
The percentage of the vote taken by the left has actually increased since the last presidential elections two years ago – in 2005 left candidates got 24 percent of the votes, whereas in 2007 they took 43 percent. However, the turnout fell to 10 percent.
Some felt that the low turnout was because the elections did not connect with teachers’ day to day lives, and that the case for electing left candidates had not been made clearly enough.
We were all agreed on the need to widen the group of people involved in the Socialist Teachers Alliance, and the national union is providing plenty of ways to do this.
The NUT’s ballot for a political fund starts on 7 January. We have to fight for a big yes vote so that the union can campaign on political issues.
It is expected that a ballot over pay will start at the end of January, and the Anti-Academies Alliance is holding their conference on 8 March.