The election for national executive positions in the University and College Union (UCU) ends shortly.
The outcome of the contests for a number of seats in both higher and further education could affect the political balance of the new national executive that will take office in June.
Last year UCU Left supporters did well, taking almost half the national executive seats.
Our supporters have worked hard to increase accountability of our national reps in the union and to begin developing stronger networks at regional and local levels.
Since the elections last year we have been instrumental in building a campaign for decent pay alongside the NUT teachers’ union and other unions.
A ballot for strike action in further education (FE) opens on 14 March.
Next week we will begin a national recruitment campaign in FE colleges up and down the country.
Lecturers and teachers are now in pole position to set the tone in year two of Gordon Brown’s public sector pay freeze.
In higher education left wing activists have campaigned to reject a national bargaining deal that would have limited the union’s freedom to organise effective industrial action.
We have sought throughout to build a more powerful, democratic, campaigning union, one which makes more resources available where members really need and notice them – locally and regionally.
We want a union that goes responds to the huge political challenges confronting education and educational principles at the hands of New Labour.