General Election: Protect the NHS – Webinar Download

Two Key Issues

With Professor Allyson Pollock

Protect the NHS

Did you know that although we have a Secretary of State for Health, there is no statutory responsibility for health care? This was removed in 2012 and with it any form of democratic accountability.

Did you know currently NHS premises are used by private health providers to make profits at a time when the NHS is short of space.

1 Reinstate the Secretary of State’s statutory duty to secure and provide health care to all.

2 End private health providers’ use of NHS premises.

Underfunding is a huge problem for the NHS. But, politically and organisationally, if the NHS remains outside democratic control and accountability, Parliament cannot protect it.

We are seeking to inform trade unionists and activists of the central importance of these issues to prepare for more effective campaigning.

To kick-start the campaign we have invited Professor Allyson Pollock to lead a Webinar on March 27 at 6:30 pm. Allyson is a consultant in public health medicine and was the Director of the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She is an academic who is known for her research into, and opposition to, part privatisation of the UK National Health Service (NHS) via the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and other mechanisms.

If you wish to join us, please put the date in your diary and use the link below to register for the Webinar. You will be sent a Zoom link by email.

Download the Webinar here

The link above will take you to WeTransfer where you can download the webinar. It is about 167MB.

Protect the NHS

Job Vacancy – Education Manager – Updated Information

Job Vacancies

Please see below our current vacancies at the General Federation of Trade Unions

Education Manager


Permanent, full time




Quorn, Loughborough, Leicestershire and occasional offsite working

Deadline for applications:

4 April at 5pm

Short listing:

8 & 9 April

Interview dates:

17 & 18 April, at Quorn Grange Hotel

We are looking for an education manager to drive forward our expansive education work.

If you want to help develop the union reps of today and identify our movements leaders of tomorrow, this job is for you.

Our federation has a joint membership of over 600,000 union members, ranging from 28 different union affiliates. We are celebrating our 125th anniversary, so there has never been a more exciting time to join our team.

Our founding principles; education, solidarity, and unity in action.

To apply for this role, please read through the job description below and send a completed application form by 5pm on 4 April to

Further Information

Closing date for receipt of applications: Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 17:00. Short listing will be undertaken on 8 & 9 April and interviews will be held on 17 & 18 April at Quorn Grange Hotel.

Please also ensure you read the Guidance for Applicants, Job Description, Person Specification and Conditions of Employment before submitting your application.

CV’s are not accepted as a form of application and completed application forms should be sent via email to:

Any questions regarding the opportunity or queries should be directed to:

Latin America Conference 2024

A Summary Article by Andi Kocsondi

This year’s Adelante Latin America Conference took place on Saturday, 27th January in London. The GFTU was represented by Gawain Little (GFTU General Secretary), Sarah Woolley (GFTU President and General Secretary of Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union) and Andi Kocsondi (GFTU Executive Committee and member of the National Association of Probation Officers).

The conference included various seminars focusing on Latin-American countries, and the specific changes their elected progressive governments have made in recent years.

Mass movements across the continent are leading the fight against the Global North’s exploitation and oppression, particularly against the continued sanctions and blockades imposed by the United States.

Under the leadership of Gustavo Petro, the Colombian government invested in expanding educational, environmental and healthcare resources in the most under-developed areas of the country to create a shift towards a more equal society. These investments provide young, low-paid and marginalised workers with a diversion from illegal economies to further education, agricultural and tourism related employment.

Barbaba Montalvo (Cuban Ambassador) spoke proudly of the support Cuban healthcare workers provided to other countries all over the world during the pandemic, and the training facilitated to Palestinian doctors in the past. Cuba has done this despite the continued economic, commercial and financial blockade by the US that is preventing the import of essential goods.

The conference clearly highlighted the inspirational work Latin-American countries are doing with many more examples from Honduras, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and it brought together activists from all corners of the world.

The GFTU is supporting two young members from affiliated unions to attend the May Day Brigade in Cuba this May. Keep an eye out for their full report later this year.


Andi Kocsondi in the middle with Garwain Little, GFTU General Secretary and Sarah Woolley, GFTU President

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