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New super-union’s focus on FE sparks tensions

Disquiet within the UCU ranks that merged organisation is fighting on its turf

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The merger between the NUT and ATL teaching unions to form the National Education Union (NEU) last month was a historic moment in union politics.

The move created the fourth largest trade union in the UK – and the biggest education union in Europe. The new union will, according to joint general secretary Mary Bousted, give a “louder voice to education professionals when speaking out against poor government policy and bad employment practices”.

But while the NEU was intended to unify education professionals, it appears to have had the opposite effect in the further education sector. The NEU ...

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