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Issue No. 1697

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THE ASSOCIATION of University Teachers summer conference met in Eastbourne last week against a backdrop of threatened compulsory redundancies in many universities. Union leaders opposed calls for a national campaign against compulsory redundancy. However, they accepted a motion calling for a national demonstration against compulsory redundancies.

Conference was characterised by a political and angry mood, combined with a lack of confidence to translate the mood into action. A motion proposed by the executive on the World Trade Organisation referred to a wave of privatisation in education, and to the extension of free trade principles to public services.

A later motion opposed privatisation, and the union is now committed to supporting an anti-privatisation demonstration organised by the UNISON union in the autumn. The NUJ union statement opposing the witch-hunt against asylum seekers was passed.


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Sat 20 May 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1697
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