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COMMUNISTS attending UCU’s annual conference criticised “unfortunate developments” in which ultra-left elements have leaked disputes in the union to the press.
The statement composed by CPB members expressed “outrage” at the “negative publicity in the media generated by ultra-left elements in the union” over “unfortunate developments in a private session” during the conference’s first day.
“Congress has every democratic right to discuss the conduct of the current USS dispute, but attacks on the general secretary, which were due to be debated, can only do damage to the union.”
Criticising the “tactical insanity” and “opportunism” of the manoeuvres, the statement said that these attacks can “only do damage” to the union when negotiations are ongoing.
“Feelings are running high on all sides, including among staff who feel under attack from a minority of activists attempting to wrest control of the union.
“It is vital to rebuild fighting unity and to address union democracy in a disciplined way.”
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