RUSU student members have voted in support of the UCU strike action and action short of a strike.
The results of last weeks referendum held by RUSU regarding the unions stance on the UCU strike action and action short of strike have now been released with a statement by RUSU president Molli Cleaver.
The results to each of the 4 separate questions:
- Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pension dispute?
- Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over pension dispute?
- Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pay and working conditions dispute?
- Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over pay and working conditions dispute?
RUSU Trustee Board had called for a referendum to determine whether RUSU should support UCU strike action over pension dispute and the pay and working conditions dispute.
Student members were also asked to determine whether RUSU should support UCU taking further strike action and/or action short of a strike in relation to these disputes from the 25th November 2019 and ending no later than 29th April 2020.
Statement from Molli Cleaver, President of RUSU:
“RUSU recognises and respects that our members, the students of the University of Reading, hold differing opinions relating to the current disputes. In this referendum, student members voted by a majority to support strike action and action short of a strike.
RUSU will continue to support individual students, through our advice and representation functions, in relation to the impact strikes may have on an individual students’ academic student experience and academic progression.
RUSU will provide resources (short of financial resources) to our members should they wish to protest in solidarity with UCU members, for example, physical space to produce campaign materials.
RUSU Officer Trustee(s) are permitted to protest in solidarity with UCU members (should they wish to do so and where this does not impact their ability to fulfil their duties).
RUSU Officer Trustee(s) will represent RUSU position at relevant meetings and consider other activities whereby RUSU can demonstrate its position in relation to UCU strike action.”
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