Local teacher Mark Walker, currently suspended in a political row, has won a top job in the new British Trade Union - Solidarity.

At a recent EGM Mr Walker, suspended from his teaching job at Sunnydale School in Shildon for allegedly accessing right-wing websites since March, was appointed Sector Head of Education for the new Union. This will entail building the Union amongst teachers, speaking on matters that will concern its members working in education and formulating policy proposals for improving wages and conditions in the sector.  

Mark said "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to head such an important post in the UK's fastest growing Union. I love teaching and whilst I am currently unable to practice my profession I can think of no better job than helping my fellow teachers."  

At the EGM his brother Adam, also until recently a teacher in Houghton-le-Spring, was appointed to the Union's National Executive. Adam said "I am honoured to be appointed to such a role and I will do my utmost to keep the Union moving forward". Speaking of his brother's appointment he said "Mark is a passionate teacher and if he shows the same determination and dedication to his position as Sector Head the Union will soon be flooded with membership applications from teachers!"  

General Secretary, Pat Harrington, told members: "This Union favours those who stand and fight political persecution. Our Brotherhood rewards those who have the courage of their convictions." 


Contact: Patrick Harrington (Solidarity General Secretary)

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