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TEACHERS' UNIONS URGED TO MERGE BY TUC

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The Trades Union Congress is putting six teachers' unions under pressure to put aside years of infighting and form ...
The Trades Union Congress is putting six teachers' unions under pressure to put aside years of infighting and form a single body, reports The Times (p10).

Teaching has been identified by TUC officials as one of the prime areas for the creation of large unions that will be more efficient and more attractive to the public.

Margaret Morrissey, the spokesman for the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations, said: 'Parents would certainly welcome a single union because at least then they would know who they were dealing with. I would have thought that many teachers would as well - a lot of their money goes on the salaries and all the other trappings of senior officials.'

The National Union of Teachers has a longstanding policy of a single union but Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, has laughed off the prospect of mergers in the short term. Campaigners for a single union hope the spate of classroom union elections will help the TUC achieve its aim.

In June Mr McAvoy face a challenge from Christine Brown, a former union president, while Nigel de Gruchy, head of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, has hinted that he may retire next year.
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