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UCU refutes claims it has 'dropped boycott motion'

10 December 2008 | last updated: 29 October 2019

Responding to claims today that UCU has dropped a proposed boycott of Israeli academics, the union said there was never a boycott motion passed at its Congress and its position on Motion 25 had not changed.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'UCU has a proud record of solidarity with academics throughout the world, which will continue. Policy set by UCU Congress, the union's sovereign body, must be respected.

'At UCU Congress in May I said "because of the constant misreporting of the motions considered by UCU's Congress, I feel I have to state that we have passed a motion to provide solidarity with the Palestinians, not to boycott Israel or any other country's academic institutions. I made clear to delegates that the union will defend their right to debate this and other issues. Implementation of the motion within the law will now fall to the national executive committee (NEC)."

'That position, and the position of the union, has not changed. There was no motion calling for a boycott and the implementation of Motion 25 within the law will continue."'

Sally Hunt's May statement can be seen in full at: UCU delegates vote for international solidarity