영국 최대교수노조 창립 1백주년 맞아

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우리 나라에서는 지금 교육의 공공성 확보를 위한 투쟁이 진행중이지만,

한심하게도 사립학교법 개정을 요구하는 농성천막이 철거되는 현실이지만,



영국에서는 조합원 6만7천명을 거느린 최대의 교수노조가

창립 1백주년을 맞아 교육기술부장관과 각 대학의 부총장들까지

참석한 가운데 학생들이 만들어 준 케잌을 자르고 성대한 기념행사를 했군요.

우리에게도 이런 날이 곧 오겠죠.



다음은 Guardian에 실린 관련기사입니다.





Hundred year-old Natfhe on brink of merger



Donald MacLeod

Wednesday November 3, 2004



The lecturers' union Natfhe celebrates its centenary today poised to merge with its onetime rival the Association of University Teachers.

Congratulations from Charles Clarke, the education secretary, other union leaders and university vice-chancellors poured in to the union, which has successfully overcome a reputation for leftwing factional infighting. At a Commons reception Mr Clarke is due to cut the centenary birthday cake, made by students from Westminster Kingsway College.



It is 100 years since 200 technical teachers came together to form the Association of Teachers in Technical Institutes. Natfhe, the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education, now represents 67,000 academic staff in colleges, adult education, new universities and private training organisations.



It was formed from a merger of the ATTI and ATCDE, the teacher educators' union. Amalgamations with unions of prison educators, adult educators and agricultural education staff followed. Paul Macney, the union's general secretary, said that true to its record of professional unity, Natfhe was now looking forward to a single union representing academic staff in the whole post-16 education sector and was in merger talks with the AUT.



Mr Mackney said: "Natfhe members have transformed the lives of millions of people. We have helped to build knowledge and skills for a vibrant and healthy economy and society. From our inception we have championed access to education, while maintaining professional standards and campaigning for equal rights.



"We have prioritised opposition to all forms of institutional discrimination, oppression and harassment. We have worked with social movements for justice in an increasingly individualistic and cynical world. We believe students' access to education should be based on their ability to study, not their ability to pay."



He added: "The 21st century is witnessing the mass expansion of adult, further and higher education. Natfhe sees the need to construct an organisation to serve our current needs - a new union for all lecturers in post-school education through amalgamation with the AUT."



Mr Clarke said Natfhe members had a vital role in meeting the needs of learners within increasingly diverse higher and further education sectors. "The contribution of Natfhe's members is critical to creating a stronger Britain based on social justice and economic success. I look forward to a future based on a shared commitment to realise this vision," he said.



Sally Hunt, general secretary of the AUT, which has often been at loggerheads with Natfhe in the past, said: "Natfhe members should be proud of their union, its long history and its consistent championing of their rights and interests. I sincerely hope these strengths will endure for another 100 years and that AUT and its members will be part of that process."







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