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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2004

NUT general secretary election

Standing For Change

Martin Powell-DaviesIN THIS year's election for National Union of Teachers (NUT) general secretary, classroom teachers will be voting for change.

Martin Powell-Davies

Teachers want a change from the years under outgoing general secretary Doug McAvoy's leadership. Our pay and conditions have deteriorated, our working lives are harder and education is more unequal. But that means winning a change from a leadership that has failed to stand up for teachers and education for so long.

I stand for that change. That's why I have been winning the support of classroom teachers at Local Association (branch) meetings from Liverpool to Leicester, Bristol to London. That is why I am confident of winning support from members in the ballot this June.

From the outset, I launched my campaign with a clear programme on workload, pay and pensions, testing and remodelling. These proposals, based as they are on discussions in staff rooms and union meetings, have struck a chord with teachers.

Many young teachers are angry at a government that has lied about war and has certainly lied about education. We need to attract them into our structures so that the NUT becomes a fighting, campaigning union.

Electing a new leader like myself from a new generation, pledged to be a "teachers' leader on a teacher's salary", in touch with the demands of classroom teachers, will help make that change. My approach will encourage thousands more teachers to vote in this election.

If that is combined with a clear call between Ian Murch and me, the two candidates standing for change, to transfer votes to each other, it will secure the new leadership we need.

For more details of the campaign, contact Martin on 07946 445488 martinpd_uk@yahoo.co.uk

 http://elect-martin.tripod.com

 

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