Appeal for unity falls flat

6th June 2008 at 01:00
Speaking of oppressed minorities, spare a thought for the former Natfhe members of the merged union

Speaking of oppressed minorities, spare a thought for the former Natfhe members of the merged union. General secretary Sally Hunt preached unity in her address against the divide-and-conquer tactics of government. But the mood is glum, with complaints that the leadership does not listen to the FE-dominated half of the union.

As UCU restructures - even trade unions use this euphemism when it comes to sacking people - a source tells us that 35 of the 40 people who have expressed an interest in picking up a redundancy cheque are formerly from Natfhe.

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