general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the third
largest teaching union, has announced he is to retire three years early.
Smith will leave the post at the end of the year despite being due to finish in
decision was announced at the TUC conference in Blackpool.
has been general secretary for more than a decade and began working for the
union in 1974.
said working almost 30 years in the same organisation was long enough.