The personal is political

John Roberts, the founder of Edapt, writes that the organisation "gives teachers a union alternative ... without the political rhetoric" ("Putting teachers before politics", Letters, 27 September). Does this mean that Edapt will not engage with the proposed changes to teachers' pay and conditions?

Furthermore, since "the vast majority of teachers join unions primarily, or solely, for individual support", can he guarantee that, when these issues do become "individual", teachers will be able to rely on Edapt representation?

I originally joined a union for legal representation, as a minimum guarantee. I devote my working week to ensuring that members get that personal, professional support, whatever "fragmentation of representation" is alleged by a predatory financial organisation that chooses to ignore the significant cooperation evident in current industrial action.

Value for money? The NUT and NASUWT teaching unions are worth every penny.

Fred Greaves, Division secretary, Surrey NUT.

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