Terrific result in NUT election
LEFT CANDIDATE Christine Blower has won the election for deputy general secretary of the largest teachers union in England and Wales, the NUT.
She defeated John Bangs, head of the union’s education and equal opportunities department, by 27,569 votes to 22,753 on a 19.7 percent turnout.
“This is an excellent result for the left in the union,” says Nick Grant, secretary of the NUT in Ealing, west London. “It shows there is a real groundswell among members for the union to stand up to the government.”
Out the door when pushed
OVER 40 Peugeot warehouse workers in Coventry staged an unofficial walkout on Wednesday of last week.
They were protesting because the management deliberately created abnormally favourable conditions for the industrial engineers in order to time a job.
This was the first action since the 1999 strike over flexible working. One T&G union member said, “The management have been pushing the shop floor for some time and our walkout will remind them that we will take action if they push us too far.”
Post: another bonus victory
THE THREAT of a strike by 150 postal workers at the Weston-super-Mare delivery office in south west England has won the payment of the £26.28 a week productivity bonus. “It is a tribute to the unity of our membership that we have achieved this result after a protracted period of negotiation,” said a CWU spokesperson.
ASBO campaign gets organised
REPRESENTATIVES of major charities and individuals working with young and vulnerable people came together to set up ASBO Concern at a meeting in London last week. ASBO Concern aims to involve all those concerned about the way the government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Orders are used. It will call for alternative ways of tackling anti-social behaviour, along with properly funded youth services and support for vulnerable people.
For more information about ASBO Concern, e-mail Beccy Palmer at [email protected] or Matt Foot at [email protected]