The Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award was established to recognise members and groups of members who have made outstanding contributions to international solidarity. It seeks to foster and celebrate work done on the global stage at district/branch/school level across the UK. It is named after the tenth General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (2004-8).

The winner of the 2019 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award is Dave Harvey, of Croydon NEU and ex-chair of the union’s International Solidarity Sub-Committee. The award is in recognition of his commitment to international solidarity work over several decades.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Steve Sinnott was passionate about the international work of the Union, and it is this award which seeks to celebrate continued efforts by members to make a difference globally. Dave Harvey has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of struggles faced by people around the world, and it is in recognition of his long commitment that this award is being presented.”



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