Contact from students about our ballot
Some members have been emailing UCU in response to the emails they (and non-members) have been receiving from students, emails which have been generated by the Students’ Union.
As you may already know, over a thousand students have joined the UCU and committed to support us and support any strike action. See the following blogs and web pages:
Recently, students have been adding messages of support to our post about the ballot (see the comments on https://leedsucu.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/ballot-papers/)
In addition to these many, many students who have put their name to support our campaign – the largest body of students ever to support a local UCU dispute – as a result of this direct contact from students we now have the opportunity to talk directly to those who have not yet heard our arguments. If a student uses this email to contact you, or contact you any other way, you have the right to enter into polite dialogue with them on the matter. We have found that by doing so, we have changed the minds of some of the people using the SU web form.
UCU alongside the other campus unions has had a series of meetings with LUU. Resulting from these meetings, the following statement was agreed between UCU, UNISON, UNITE and LUU (http://bit.ly/5Kv3un). Whilst we are obviously disappointed therefore that LUU have taken this most recent course of action and sought to influence the outcome of an independent organisation’s internal ballot, we remain committed to open dialogue with LUU.
Some members who have felt unsure as to how to respond to the individual students have requested a form of words from us. A link will be sent to members shortly.