At the meeting we did not reach and, indeed, did not seek to reach a ‘branch position’ on whether members should vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in the ballot. You’ll see that some UCU branches have done this. We maintain that it’s very much up to individual members to make a decision themselves based on the information available. From the discussion today, it’s clear that members hold different voting intentions.
We did however identify an opportunity for us to use of our collective voice as a branch. Many branch members remain unhappy about the level of detail contained in the ‘offer’ and feel that voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ today fails to convey what they think about the proposal and the onward direction of the dispute. It was therefore agreed, by a majority show of hands at the meeting, that we would compose an open letter to UCU leadership expressing these views.
A draft letter has been circulated to members by email. Please send in your comments by 9am on Thursday 12 April.
We’ll publish the open letter here.