Students vote to support any strike action
At a meeting on 25 November of the student group ‘Leeds University against the cuts’ (after a Senate during which the VC stated that the majority of the emails he had been receiving from students were ‘irrelevant’) students discussed the possibility of UCU taking strike action and what their response should be. Unprompted by the UCU, they voted unanimously to support the union in the event of a strike.
The UCU has not yet balloted for strike action, but members at the last EGM requested to vote on whether we should ballot for industrial action. The results of that vote was that we should go to ballot. We will keep members and students updated on this process. The University, of course, might still do the decent thing and remove the threat of compulsory redundancies, and listen to the unions’ requests for appropriate consultation.
Elsewhere, our facebook group has now nearly 1000 members, and we’re confident it will pass that barrier in a few days. Soon, 1 in 30 Leeds students will be supporting the UCU in this dispute and demanding an end to the threat of compulsory redundancies. We believe this level of support of students in a local dispute in an institution of our size has no historic precedent.
Update: In fairness, we should point out that the VC has subsequently pointed out to us that he has no memory of stating in Senate that the majority of emails he received from students were ‘irrelevant’.