Motion 1, put forward by LUU Education Officer Mike Gladstone, which would have undermined legal and democratic strikes held by Unions on campus, has failed!
The motion, which stated, “Should LUU oppose industrial action on campus that negatively impacts on the education of students?” was voted down after a campaign by Leeds Uni Against Cuts urging students not to betray their lecturers and to vote no to Motion 1.
With this vote the student body and membership of LUU have sent out a clear message to uni management and LUU exec that they support the right to strike and that they reject the attempts of our Executive to legitimise anti-strike sentiments in our Union. This doesn’t mean that we unequivocally support the motive behind every strike but crucially it means we rejected a motion which would be betraying our staff and attacking their democratic right to take industrial action.
The results of all the motions can be seen here
Massive thanks to everyone who voted against the motion! This victory is the final defeat of the LUU exec that gave us such gems as Education First – the LUAC group can go into the summer break confident that although there remains much to be done, the potential on campus presents great opportunities.
LUU should support UCU, Unison and Unite in their action to defend jobs, defend education and defend the University.
Again, thanks to everyone who voted and helped on the campaign, and to people who didn’t vote – get involved in the campaign against cuts and the struggle for a democratic, fighting students’ union.