A teacher, McAvoy was secretary of Newcastle-upon-Tyne NUT and became a member of the National Executive of the Union in 1970. He was appointed Deputy General-Secretary designate in 1974, a post he held until 1989 when he became the first directly elected General Secretary in 1989.
- Interview: Teachers' leader Doug McAvoy BBC News 22 April 2000
- 'McAvoy warns over union militants' BBC News June 23, 1999
- 'Furious McAvoy walks out of NUT meeting' The Independent 29 May 2004
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