OVER 100 delegates from Connect, the union for professionals in communications, met last week. The conference marked a change in industrial direction for the union, with a new general secretary anxious to align Connect somewhat more closely with the 'awkward squad' of unions.
However, it remains to be seen how far the shift to a 'campaigning union' is carried through. The war in Iraq was a backdrop to the conference. A significant number of delegates attended a George Galloway meeting, while on the conference floor delegates condemned the fact that telecom workers had become military targets.
However, the union was split over whether to back calls for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, and this debate is set to continue.