CSC National Secretary receives Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Bernard Regan receives inaugural Award

Bernard Regan, Cuba Solidarity Campaign National Secretary, received a new award at the 2015 NUT Conference.

The new award was established to recognise National Union of Teachers (NUT) members who have made outstanding contributions to international solidarity. It seeks to foster and celebrate work done on the global stage at association/division/school level in England and Wales.

The winner of the inaugural Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award is Bernard Regan. An NUT member for many years, Bernard is also National Secretary of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Amongst other international campaigns, he shared with Steve Sinnott a concern for the Miami Five, who were imprisoned in 1998. Bernard has been vocal throughout the campaign to release the Miami Five. The three who remained in prison were finally freed in December 2014.

Bernard is also a strong advocate for the rights of the child and education both nationally and internationally. Bernard’s work with Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the support he provided to the Union on a delegation visit in 2013, as well as other subsequent delegations; demonstrates his commitment to education for all, and that no child should be prevented from fulfilling their potential by the circumstances of their birth.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award celebrates the great work our members do to build solidarity around the world. This mattered a great deal to Steve, as did freedom for the Miami Five, freedom for imprisoned teacher trade unionists and education for all. I congratulate Bernard, a dedicated internationalist, on receiving this award.”

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