Ballot papers are out for the election of senior and junior vice presidents in the NUT teachers’ union. Socialist Worker is supporting left candidates Kiri Tunks from east London and Louise Regan from Nottinghamshire.
Kiri won the highest number of branch nominations in the ballot, followed by Louise.
Sara Tomlinson, an NUT member in south London, explained why teachers should back them. “We want to win the broadest vote on the left,” she said. “The strong support for Kiri and Louise means we have a chance of getting two left vice presidents elected for the first time in years.
“We urge a united vote for the left to make sure the organising agenda is a priority for the union.”
Local NUT groups have sponsored a conference for reps and activists in Manchester later this month to discuss campaigns. Sara said that it’s important for teachers to organise on the ground.
“We can’t just rely on left candidates,” she said. “The conference in Manchester will be important to take the struggle forward.”
Voting ends on 18 November.
Winning in schools – a conference for NUT reps and activists. Saturday 28 November, 10.30am-4pm, Friends Meeting House, Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS. Go to winninginschools.eventbrite.co.uk for more details.