Some 55 UCU union members from across the north west of England last week joined an inspiring conference in Manchester on Challenging the market in education.
The event created a rare opportunity for activists to come together and talk about building the resistance to the employers’ offensive.
Delegates heard Dexter Whitfield, of the European Services Strategy Unit, lay out the full extent of creeping privatisation in education.
Terry Wrigley, from Edinburgh university, talked about how we can create an alternative vision of education.
Workshops focused on the Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning, privatisation and how to fight it, competition, and an education worth fighting for.
Geoff Brown, UCU regional support officer, summarised the day as showing how every fight over pay, jobs or bullying means challenging the market in education.