PETER Smith, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, has been challenged by a former employee who has pledged to take a lower wage.
Gill Sage, who once worked for the union's legal department said she would not claim the current pound;79,592 salary. Ms Sage, 41, a former lecturer in further education, is now a partner in a law firm.
Union general secretaries must by law be re-elected every five years. However, this is the first time the post has been contested in the union's history. Mr Smith has been in the job since 1988.