Unions of unions

February 13, 1998

FORMER members and officers of the Association of University and College Lecturers have far more common cause with the Association of University Teachers than was ever likely with Natfhe. Paul Mackney's derogatory references (THES, February 6) to this "tiny organisation" belie the fact that AUCL survived and grew over 25 years despite the cynical attempts of Natfhe to sideline and repress it at every opportunity.

Last September AUCL, as a small, thriving and solvent union, dedicated to advancing its members' interests in higher education, particularly in pursuit of an independent pay review body, took some 3,000- plus academic and related staff from the 1992 universities and colleges into the Association of University Teachers.

Natfhe remains tied to the totem of free collective bargaining, which has caused a catastrophic decline in salaries. Dearing showed that over 60 per cent of academic staff in the 1992 institutions support a pay review body and found remarkable the disparity of views between staff and "the union professing to represent them".

Just whose views does Natfhe represent?

Neil Macfarlane, Former chair AUCL, vice president AUT

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns