We're all targets now for abuse

27th April 2001 at 01:00
What a contrast ("Is there life after scandal?", TES, April 13) between the profit-making life of Roger Ward and the victimised lecturers' union NATFHE member, Andrew Murray, sacked by an abusive system at Cricklade College.

Yet abuse is no longer just a matter of individual colleges and individual trades unionists. All lecturers are now targets for abuse by the Government.

After its cack-handed attempts to impose "threshold"PRP on schoolteachers, the Government now appears determined to impose a similar pay system on ost-16 educators.

The teaching unions' leaderships remain committed to "partnership" with New Labour - hence the NUT's calling off its no-cover action the day before its conference began.

Lecturers are angry that the Government intends to impose the teachers' pay initiative. NATFHE's policy is against PRP "or any other divisive method of payment".

Perhaps NATFHE's leadership underestimates the continuing and deep-seated anger it will meet from its members.

Jan Pollock 63 Upper Tollington Park London

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