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Carolyn Campbell (Trafford College)

Election address

Trade Union Service
I have been in my current post as a Teacher of GCSE and Functional English since September 2007 and have been a Trade Unionist since the 1980s when I was a Shop Steward for NALGO.  I began teaching in 1992 and joined NATHFE, becoming active in my branch and being elected as Branch Secretary in 1994.  In my current post, I was elected as UCU Branch Chair in 2008 and Branch Secretary in 2010.  I represent members at JCC and on case work and recently renegotiated a new contract, which was agreed by members. I was a member of the FEC and NEC from 2012 -14 and am now seeking re-election. I am currently Secretary of the North West Regional FE Committee and am part of the national negotiating committee.

Election Address
There has never been a more urgent need for educators to be trade unionists, particularly women:  creeping casualisation, increasing numbers of teaching hours required by lecturers, decreased flexibility for workers, early morning meetings and twilight teaching, all with no financial rewards. In fact FE lecturers, the majority of whom are women, have taken a 17% real terms pay cut in the last 5 years having never worked harder.

And now, Area reviews are under way with the probability of decreased access to FE for those who need it most and an HE Green paper threatening increasing privatisation in the sector.

We need to protect and represent our members now, more than ever.

I am a socialist, a feminist and a trade unionist teaching GCSE English to adult classes, 80% of whom are women wanting to improve their families' lives, choices they will no longer have if our sector is decimated. I had my second chance through FE and would not have been able to teach without my life chances. It breaks my heart to see a government saying they are committed to 'social mobility' and 'opportunities for all', whilst robbing people of the means to do so. 

Colleagues, we can make a difference by standing together. Trade unions play no small part in shaping futures and together we can fight to protect our sector, a sector that has always offered so much for women. 

I promise that, if elected, I will take up this fight nationally to ensure that women's views are represented and upheld at every level of the organisation and within our movement.

I will continue to work for members, to improve their everyday lives and to protect the FE sector and our union for future generations.

As an independent candidate, I will be your voice.


Last updated: 1 February 2016