By a conference delegate
SOME 100 delegates met for the conference of Connect, the union for professionals in communications, in Scarborough last week. It came against a backdrop of the continued break-up of BT, the main employer. Union general secretary Simon Petch supported a motion which noted that 40 percent of the population are in favour of the renationalisation of telecoms and calling for a campaign to put "people and public service first". Delegates also voted unanimously in support of the union publicising Anti Nazi League mobilisations and activities. A delegation of strikers from the William Cook's dispute spoke at a Socialist Alliance fringe meeting and over �700 was raised.
In another display of solidarity a further �700 was collected for the dispute at the Sintel telecoms company in Spain. Union leaders supported a motion reaffirming the union's opposition to outsourcing of work from BT. The test for the union's leaders over the coming months will be translating words into action.