UCU BALLOT

Motion for the support of the UCU Ballot

Please read the minutes from the General Meeting held on the 8th March 2011 and the Emgerency General Meeting held on Monday 14th March 2011 discussing this motion.

This Union Resolves

1. That SURHUL should support both industrial action short of a strike, and strike action, in support of our lecturers.

2. That SURHUL should challenge the management over future pay cuts, pension cuts, voluntary redundancies, and loss of working condition rights, in support of our lecturers

 

 

Motion for the support of the UCU ballot (AMENDED)

 
This Union Notes:
 
1. That the current government's program of austerity across the public sector will profoundly damage workers and students nationwide for decades to come,
 
2. That these cuts will affect students and lecturers at Royal Holloway,
 
3. The SURHUL has been mandated to follow an anti-cuts stance,
 
4. That the 2nd March 2011 UCU ballot at RHUL showed that 82.19% of staff were in favour of industrial action short of a strike and 64.55% were in favour of strike action,
 
5. That a total of 63
universities in the country voted in favour of strike action.
 
This Union Believes
 
1. That SURHUL should publicly support lecturers in their attempts to get better pay and working conditions, especially relating to the USS pension scheme.
 
2. It is important that lecturers are able to fight for their pensions and other working rights,
 
3. That the current system
of higher education, in which profit margins are prioritised over people, led to the pension cuts for lecturers, and that the "marketised" system of education must itself be challenged if the struggle for better students' and workers' rights is to be truly successful.
 
This Union Resolves
 
 1. That SURHUL should support
both industrial action short of a strike, and strike action, in support of our lecturers.
 
2. That SURHUL should challenge
the management over future pay cuts, pension cuts, voluntary redundancies, and loss of working condition rights, in support of our lecturers.
 
 
 
This Union Mandates
 
1. That SURHUL should make its support of the UCURHUL's decision to vote in favour of industrial action, including strike action, known to the management and to the UCURHUL with a public statement denouncing public sector cuts, showing support to lecturers, and supporting their right to take industrial action, including a strike, and supporting their reasons for doing so,
 
2. That SURHUL should organise for students to publicly display this position through any form of support deemed appropriate by SURHUL on any UCU-decided day of action in the next academic year, including but not limited to: organising a coach to an appropriate UCU demonstration in London, and making provisions for sending students to picket lines, and that ineffectual methods of support, such as providing email templates, will not be deemed a sufficient level of support.
 
3. That SURHUL will discuss its stance on future UCU action as the need arises.
 
4. That SURHUL will liaise
with the UCURHUL and co-ordinate a campaign to challenge cuts and working conditions for lecturers.
 
 
 
Proposed:
 
Kieran Miles
 
 
 
Second:
 
Daniel Lemberger Cooper