SOME 45 activists in the NATFHE lecturers' union came from all over the country to a national "Organising resistance" meeting in Manchester last Saturday. Discussions centred on building the widest possible resistance in the colleges to the continued assault by the government on lecturers' wages and conditions. We also discussed how to get a massive yes vote in the ballot on industrial action on pay which starts next week.
Delegates warned of a new wave of redundancies in both higher and further education. There is growing anger at the government's failure to properly fund colleges and its attempts to introduce performance related pay. There was a positive debate about how we can build a network of activists in the colleges.
Mark Serwotka from the PCS union finished off the conference with an inspiring speech about the possibilities of a resurgence of a fightback in the unions.
- NATFHE member