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Students vote to support any strike action

November 28, 2009
Students support UCU

Students support UCU

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’.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2009 10:35 AM

    Just a note for our team of grammar and typo friends. We are aware that ‘majority’ requires the verb to agree to the singular, but when we wrote “the VC stated that the majority of the emails he had been receiving from students was ‘irrelevant’” it just looked wrong.

  2. nowayhosay permalink
    December 1, 2009 10:27 PM

    Students going on strike over staff going on strike? If these are really the brightest and best of our youth, I may as well get a job at leedsmet.

    Talk about Turkeys voting for christmas…

  3. December 2, 2009 9:54 AM

    You don’t seem to have read the post. It does not state students will go on strike, but that the student group in question has voted to support UCU should we opt to take industrial action. We do not condone these comments that insult the intelligence of our students, and which insult the professionalism of colleagues at Leeds Met.

  4. Peter Smith permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:51 AM

    It’s clear where allegiances lie, now, isn’t it. Here is someone adopting management’s position, and insulting the intelligence of students. All the lecturers I know are UCU members and treat us as intelligent people, support us, give us great teaching. I know who I support, and so will the majority of students. Go UCU!


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