The following motion was passed by UCL UCU on 14 June 2018
The following motions were passed by Cambridge UCU on 13 June 2018
Motion 1 on the right to dissent
This branch believes:
– That events leading to the early closing of Congress represent a threat to democracy in the Union and a denial of the will of its members;
– That union members have the right to hold elected officials to account;
– That, given the General Secretary has a unique role among union staff as an elected position, it was right for Congress delegates to vote to hear a debate on motions 10 and 11;
– That these motions should be heard in a recalled Congress.
This branch resolves:
– To call for Congress to be recalled as soon as possible;
– To instruct our delegates to vote in favour of debating motions 10 and 11 at Congress;
– To write to the General Secretary and express dissatisfaction with the course of action that led to the early closing of the Congress and disruption of Union democracy.
Motion 2 on the accountability of the General Secretary
Cambridge UCU calls on the General Secretary to make a statement to members affirming that she respects the sovereignty of Congress and recognises that her actions in her capacity as an elected representative of members and our lead negotiator are subject to scrutiny by UCU members through the motions accepted as in order under UCU rules.
We further call on the GS to condemn the disruption to the democratic process of Congress 2018 which prevented the discussion of motions critical of her actions during the USS dispute.
If the GS has not made such a statement by the next NEC meeting, we call on the NEC to censure the GS for undermining the confidence of members in the democratic processes of the union.
Special Higher Education Conference
Lots of motions have been passed in branches in relation to the Special Higher Education Conference on USS pensions due to take place on 21 June 2018. We have collected many of them here.