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Connect conference

Issue No. 1754

Connect conference

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.

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Sat 23 Jun 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1754
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