It would be unfair and disappointing to the ordinary members of Natfhe and the AUT to end the debate in these columns on such a note of bitter division. Each organisation should cease to defend its position by protecting its structures and move on to build the unity which both sides have committed themselves.
Arguments on joint membership should be set in the context of building from where we are now to achieving one strong voice. That does not necessarily imply one union or the continuation of the existing structure in either union. It means commitment on the part of Natfhe to delivering autonomy to its HE members to enable them to negotiate a common position with the AUT while retaining their links ito members in further education. It requires commitment on the part of the AUT to disavowing predatory intentions and a willingness not to destroy the good relationship and bridge which Natfhe has into further education.This will require trust and confidence on both sides.
Vice chair, Natfhe membership committee