THE STRIKE ballot over pay in further education colleges has been delayed. A key committee of the lecturers' NATFHE union has deferred the start of the ballot until 25 April.
Many will be angered by the leadership, which claimed that "only" 223 branches had submitted correct details of their membership's details. Despite the delay, activists plan to step up the fight to win the ballot. A national activists' meeting, "Organising Resistance", has been called for 21 April in Manchester. Sponsors so far include the Wales and Yorkshire & Humberside regions of NATFHE, vice-president Tina Downes and other NEC members, several branches and many individual NATFHE members.
Speakers at the meeting will include Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary elect. Many NATFHE members feel the time is right to launch a united socialist organisation in the union, and the Manchester meeting could be the springboard.
- HOWARD MILES