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Manchester - July 1st 2007 - Conference for Education Workers

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knightrose
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Jul 1 2007 19:14

The conference took place today. It wasn't hugely attended, but the discussion was excellent. We focussed on examinations, academies, universities and EWN organsiation in Manchester Uni. The common threads that ran through these discussions were surprising. A fuller report will follow. In the meantime if anyone wants to join the education workers discussion list, send an email to manchester [AT] af-north.org

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Jul 2 2007 00:40

knightrose, it might be a good idea if you replace the @ in that adress with [at] or something like that, to minimise spam.

ftony
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Jul 2 2007 08:40
knightrose wrote:
The conference took place today. It wasn't hugely attended, but the discussion was excellent. We focussed on examinations, academies, universities and EWN organsiation in Manchester Uni. The common threads that ran through these discussions were surprising. A fuller report will follow. In the meantime if anyone wants to join the education workers discussion list, send an email to manchester @af-north.org

cool stuff knightrose. again, infinite apologies for my nonattendance. if it makes you feel any better my sunday sucked.

is the ed workers list the AF Edcom one? i can put people directly onto the general list if people PM me their email address.

knightrose
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Jul 2 2007 08:47

No, I meant the list we set up after the meeting at the bookfair last year. I think you are a moderator of it, aren't you?

knightrose
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Jul 2 2007 08:47

double post smile

ftony
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Jul 2 2007 11:22

unless JDMF is still a mod, i think i'm THE moderator!

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Jul 7 2007 22:13
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Inside & beyond

From what I've just seen today, 'Inside and confused' sounds more accurate. Saw the SolFed leaflet (www.solfed.org.uk/pdfs/nssn.pdf) at the National Shop Stewards Network today which says:

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The existing unions are social democratic, separating political issues from eonomic ones and leaving them to political parties

Hello?
Whilst this may be true of some unions, the first one I checked on was UNISON's (http://cms.unison.co.uk/Decisions.asp?ConferenceID=196&OrderBy=AgendaID) whose conference appears to have covered The Developing World, Cuba, Palestine, Rise of BNP, Global Warming, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Child Poverty, Violence against Women, Trident, and Free Travel Passes.
Bit of a generalisation there comrades?

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Jul 21 2007 00:03

I found the conference really helpful, but I think it would be nice to co-ordinate what we can as well as we can across our numbers. Thanks for the AF for organising this and hopefully more can get involved next time.

Compete, are you disputing social democrats cant have a world view?

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Jul 22 2007 21:41

Social Democrats can obviously have a world view, although equally obviously it is one riddled with contradictions. What I was disputing was the narrow view of trade unions that the leaflet took. I think that unions probably take more interest now in general political questions than for a long time. Solidarity with Cuba, Venezuela etc is pretty much universal amongst them, as is opposition to the political growth of the EU. The fact that this has paralleled the political move to the right of the main social democratic party in Britain may or may not be significant.

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Jul 24 2007 23:10

Compete, at the same time UCU was fanning about with talks on Israel it was clampering down on militancy, so my recent experience with TU militancy is that internationalism is just a basic form of tokenism or a fig leaf for them doing sweet FA.

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Jul 29 2007 08:52

Yes but they weren't clamping down on militancy in the West Bank were they? The discussion is about if unions take political positions. You are going off on a tangent about if they are industrially militant or not, which is a different subject.