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Strategy and finance motions

UCU Congress 2021: online, Monday 31 May 2021

Motions have been allocated to a section of the NEC's report to Congress (UCU1080). Paragraph headings refer to paragraphs within this report. (EP = existing policy.)

Section 1: Strategy and finance committee


33  Appointment of auditors - National executive committee

Congress approves the appointment of Knox Cropper as the union's auditors for the year ending 31 August 2021.

Carried

34  Financial statements - National executive committee

Congress receives the union's audited financial statements for the 12-month period ending 31 August 2020 as set out in UCU/1071.

Carried

35  Budget 2021-2022 - National executive committee

Congress endorses the budget for September 2021 - August 2022 as set out in UCU/1072.

Carried

36  Subscription rates - National executive committee

Congress accepts the Treasurer's report on progress with the review of subscription rates and bands and endorses the changes to subscription rates from 1 September 2021 set out in UCU/1073.

Carried as amended

36A.1 City University of London

Add:

...but believes that in section 1.1, UCU/1073 should read:

'Motion 6 from Congress 2018 asked the Treasurer and NEC to look at subscriptions with a view to achieving a proportional or progressive system.'

not

'Motion 5 from Congress 2018 asked the Treasurer [...] with a view to moving towards a more proportional system.'

And in section 4.1, Principle i) should read 'rates should be proportional or progressive to income', not 'movement towards a more proportional system'.

Carried

37  Provision of immigration advice - Migrant members standing committee

Congress notes:

  1. that the UK immigration rules have ballooned in size and complexity, now running to over 1000 pages
  2. that employers in higher & further education do not routinely make immigration advice available to current or prospective staff
  3. that immigration advice is a regulated activity
  4. that lack of advice can have significant repercussions for individuals who are left to navigate a complex system alone.

Congress believes:

  1. that employers should proactively provide legal advice on immigration matters to prospective and current staff and postgraduate research students free of charge
  2. that employers should have a nominated immigration adviser who has OISC Level 3 Certification.

Congress resolves:

  1. that UCU should campaign for all employers to provide current and prospective staff and postgraduate research students with OISC Level 3 immigration advice free of charge
  2. that UCU should make OISC Level 3 immigration advice available to members.

Carried as amended

37A.1 Yorkshire & Humberside regional committee

Add to Congress resolves:

  1. that UCU should campaign for all employers to reimburse the full costs to migrant staff for: visa fees, naturalisation fees and NHS surcharge fees.

Carried

Substantive motion

Congress notes:

  1. that the UK immigration rules have ballooned in size and complexity, now running to over 1000 pages
  2. that employers in higher & further education do not routinely make immigration advice available to current or prospective staff
  3. that immigration advice is a regulated activity
  4. that lack of advice can have significant repercussions for individuals who are left to navigate a complex system alone.

Congress believes:

  1. that employers should proactively provide legal advice on immigration matters to prospective and current staff and postgraduate research students free of charge
  2. that employers should have a nominated immigration adviser who has OISC Level 3 Certification.

Congress resolves:

  1. that UCU should campaign for all employers to provide current and prospective staff and postgraduate research students with OISC Level 3 immigration advice free of charge
  2. that UCU should make OISC Level 3 immigration advice available to members
  3. that UCU should campaign for all employers to reimburse the full costs to migrant staff for: visa fees, naturalisation fees and NHS surcharge fees.

38  Defend the right to protest - Capital City College CANDI Lifelong Learning

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is an attempt to crack down on the right to protest in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

After decades of austerity, we are now set to be asked to pay the price for the Covid-19 crisis. Working class communities, women and BAME communities have suffered disproportionately.

And it's BLM, #ReclaimTheseStreets protests, in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard, and union protests - such as those by NHS workers over pay - that have been targeted.

We believe that the best defence of protest is to keep protesting.

We oppose any attempt by government to use the Covid-19 crisis to limit the right to protest.

Carried

39  Strike pay - University of Brighton, Grand Parade, and University of Brighton, Mouslecoomb

Congress notes that entitlement to payments from the fighting fund is currently decided by national officers using unpublished criteria to evaluate the significance of each dispute.

Congress believes that:

  1. the fighting fund is crucial to the union's strength in supporting members when they take strike action
  2. in principle all official strike action by UCU members should be eligible for strike pay
  3. the only limiting factor should be management of the fund in response to demand
  4. the first response to over-demand should be to find ways to boost the fund, eg. by increasing the proportion of the budget allocated to it or transfers from other account heads.

Congress instructs NEC to:

  1. devise clear policy on the strike fund which embodies the above principles and sets out mechanisms to achieve them
  2. bring such rule changes to Congress as are necessary to achieve this.

Carried

40  Collectivise the resistance: solidarity action works - London regional committee (EP)

Congress notes the Covid-19 crisis confronts the trade union movement with huge challenges.

Congress believes:

  1. the government handling of the pandemic led to one of the worse death tolls in Europe
  2. the NEU's collective use of section 44 and mass participatory meetings for reps and all members is a model we should follow. They prevented an unsafe return to schools
  3. UCU branches like Heriot-Watt and Brighton have won real victories to defend jobs. Collective action works
  4. record branch meetings and groups like UCU Solidarity Movement, Pandemic PGRS, CoronaContract, showed the appetite to organise and resist.

Congress resolves to develop strategy to co-ordinate UCU response across all nations to address:

  1. any unsafe return to face2face
  2. job losses
  3. workloads
  4. pensions attacks
  5. fight casualisation
  6. low pay and the gender and race pay gap
  7. transforming and reconstructing post-16 education.

Carried

41  Solidarity with the civil disobedience movement in Myanmar - University of Nottingham

Congress notes:

  1. that the military in Myanmar have seized power and are conducting mass arrests of activists across the country
  2. that part of the Civil Disobedience Movement is organised from university campuses, involving student-led protests and strikes by academics
  3. that the military is brutally suppressing this resistance, arresting at gunpoint a union leader at Yangon University, Professor Arkar Moe Thu, on 2 March 2021.

Congress resolves:

  1. to extend our solidarity to the Civil Disobedience Movement, and to demand the release of Professor Arkar Moe Thu and others held by the regime
  2. to negotiate for students applying from Myanmar to be allowed to use alternative criteria to the IELTS exam due to internal restrictions in the country
  3. to demand that universities audit their investments and partners to sever connections with organisations and individuals that are linked to the Burmese military.

Carried

42  Composite: China, Hong Kong and the Uyghurs: solidarity, peace, and democracy - University of Cambridge, Liverpool John Moores

UCU believes in political and economic democracy. China's authoritarian state represents neither.

Uyghurs and other majority-Muslim peoples in Xinjiang China suffer genocidal persecution and forced labour through Chinese government policy.

Supported by British colonial-era anti-union and anti-democratic laws, the Chinese state is repressing Hong Kong's democracy movement and using a recently imposed National Security Law to arrest and charge activists.

Independent trade unions are prohibited under China's Trade Union Law, allowing employers to ignore workers' rights, often with impunity.

Congress calls on our branches, NEC and general secretary to:

  1. build solidarity with labour organisers, feminist activists, human rights defenders, and others struggling to uphold their rights in China
  2. issue a statement and initiate a campaign in support of the Uyghur population of Xinjiang, calling for the Chinese government to end the ongoing forced mass imprisonment, alleged sterilisation, indoctrination, torture and oppression of the Uighur people
  3. demand the release of political prisoners and repeal of Hong Kong's National Security Law
  4. demand supply chain audits, and cut ties with Xinjiang rights abuses
  5. resist increasing Sinophobia and those who appropriate support for democracy to promote a New Cold War.

Carried

43  Composite: Financial disclosure and transparency - Southern regional committee, University of Leeds

Congress notes:

  1. the series of issues relating to expenditure, some of which have caused debate within UCU and the media, including £400k of expenditure for a former general secretary which was subject of a non-disclosure agreement
  2. that part of the business of the union involves expenditure of money
  3. the health of union democracy is best served through transparency; and
  4. which has caused debate within UCU and the media.

Congress resolves that:

  1. UCU National Executive Committee (NEC) must be provided with proposals for, and be involved in, expenditure decisions relating to:
    1. redundancy payments or other non-standard payments to UCU employees
    2. membership levies
    3. consultancy contracts
  2. the honorary treasurer will report such expenditure to NEC as soon as possible before it has been incurred.

Carried

43A.1 City College Plymouth

Change resolves a.

'to UCU employees' to 'to the general secretary'

Delete resolves c.

Lost

44  Electronic voting at Congress, FESC and HESC - South West regional committee

Congress notes that:

  1. counting each card vote takes 5-10 minutes which means approximately an hour of time is lost each day of Congress, FESC and HESC that could be devoted to debate and policy making
  2. electronic voting reduces opportunities for putting fellow delegates under peer pressure to vote in a certain way, ensuring that the views expressed truly reflect individual views
  3. the technology is available and is widely used including by the TUC, NEU and Unite following accessibility guidelines
  4. electronic voting is more transparent, and can allow a record of individual votes, if wished.

In the above, best trade union practice guidelines for the use of data in line with GDPR should be adopted and incorporated into practice.

Congress resolves: that electronic voting - using recommendations from democratic services on accessible systems - be introduced at our subsequent Congress, FESC and HESC and thereafter.

Carried

45  UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - Yorkshire and Humberside retired members

Congress notes:

  1. the continuing danger to humanity from the existence of nuclear weapons
  2. the contribution of the nuclear weapons industry to environmental pollution.

Congress welcomes:

  1. the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (https://treaties.un.org)/)
  2. the fact that 86 countries have signed the treaty and 52 have ratified it.

Congress calls on UK government:

  1. to cancel Trident and sign and ratify the UN treaty
  2. to provide alternative socially useful employment for workers in the nuclear weapons industry
  3. to use money saved from nuclear weapons expenditure to fund education, health, social care, investment in renewables and tackling poverty and climate change.

UCU in its work with the TUC, other trade unions and international trade union federations will support the extension of the UN treaty, the case for peace and disarmament, just transition from nuclear weapons production, and spending the peace dividend on social justice and tackling the climate emergency.

Carried

46  Climate and ecological emergency - Central Saint Martins

The urgent need to address the climate and ecological emergency has far reaching implications for UCU members and must be central to UCU strategy. Moving to a zero-carbon economy will impact directly on future jobs and training, while issues from social justice to curriculum development as they relate to the CEE to are fundamental to UCU concerns.

A growing network of UCU green reps and Climate Action Network are working to foreground the CEE as a central tenet of union activities. This motion asks that UCU congress supports:

  1. the establishment and formal recognition of an annual UCU Climate and Ecological meeting to advise the NEC
  2. that standing orders are drawn up for the meeting to keep a timetable similar to other such annual meetings
  3. that UCU training and branch guidance materials are reviewed to reference the appointment of green reps and Green New Deal (GND) bargaining.

Carried

47  International LGBT+ rights - LGBT+ members standing committee

Congress notes:

  1. colonial era laws from the European imperialisation project are still present in many countries
  2. people should not have to hide their protected characteristics in an international workplace for fear of criminal prosecution and /or direct discrimination
  3. UK organisations including many in post school education have international operations
  4. LGBT+ rights are under attack in many countries.

Congress believes local conditions at international campuses can create discrimination against staff and students due to gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and/or trade union membership.

Conference resolves to

  1. campaign with international organisations to dismantle oppressive laws and with TUC internationally to undo colonial laws
  2. work with other organisations including ILGA, the British Council, and NGOs to put pressure on governments to change laws
  3. highlight post school education providers with international operations that have a negative impact on equality and diversity values.

Carried

48  Reclaim the streets - Birmingham City University

Congress notes:

  1. the referendum in Switzerland banning wearing of the niqaab and burqa in public spaces
  2. the death of Sarah Everard whilst walking home and the subsequent media victim blaming and local curfew for women
  3. the £10K fine imposed on a nurse for organising a socially distanced demonstration in protest at the failure to reward healthcare workers with an adequate payrise
  4. government movement to tighten restrictions on public protest further and the damage this will do to the right to and expression of dissent.

Congress resolves:

  1. to organise a national campaign in defence of the right to public dissent and protest, coordinating with the TUC & NUS on this
  2. to renew our work in organising around the rights of women and NB people to freedom of choice whether clothing or movement; a freedom from state, street or domestic violence.

Carried

49  International cooperation and solidarity - National executive committee

Congress recognises the importance of an active international dimension to UCU's work, especially during and after a global pandemic, and the value of working alongside Education International, TUC and other affiliated solidarity organisations.

Congress welcomes our international activities and campaigns to defend educators and trade unionists at risk in countries such as Colombia, Palestine, Turkey and Egypt and to support global responses to the privatisation of public education, including the new threats posed by Edtech companies.

Congress also recognises the value of mutual learning from international partners in areas such as education policy, equality and union organising and believes that the pandemic has strengthened the case for international cooperation and solidarity between trade unions.

Congress calls on NEC to continue to engage members, branches and regions in concrete international solidarity work, including the use of webinars as one of the tools to expand member engagement.

Carried

50  Annual meeting and committee on environmental issues - Open University

Congress notes:

  1. the UCU Climate and Sustainability Conference held in March 2021
  2. that the meeting positively supported the self-education and organising of activists
  3. that creating stable structures for holding similar recurring meetings, and to represent and organise members on this employment interest, would be valuable to UCU and the NEC.

Congress resolves:

  1. that UCU holds an annual meeting on environmental issues each year, to advise the NEC under Rule 25.1 or by other constitutional means
  2. that standing orders be drawn up to formally organise the annual meeting, including allowing branches to send motions and a report to be made available to the NEC
  3. the meeting should keep a timetable similar to other such annual meetings
  4. recognising the organising benefits of creating a stable advisory body for members to coalesce around within UCU, to address this sector-wide interest by establishing a standing advisory committee.

Carried

51  Impact of UK Pensions Act - Scottish retired members branch

Congress notes: 

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 was passed by the UK Parliament in February 2021. In addition to long-term funding objectives and new powers for the Pensions Regulator (TPR), it introduces a framework for collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes called collective money purchase in the Act. This represents a compromise alternative to defined benefit schemes such as the USS pension. It opens the door to a new type of pension that is beneficial to university management and less so for members. 

Congress urges: 

UCU to conduct an urgent review of the potential impact of the Act and report this to all members. Also, to seek an assurance that all members currently in direct benefit pension schemes or in receipt of such pensions are fully protected. 

Remitted

52  We won't pay for the public health crisis - City and Islington College Camden Road

Congress notes:

  1. the 1% pay offer to NHS workers and the continued pay freeze
  2. the 125,000 deaths from Covid so far will save the Treasury £1.5bn in state pensions by 2022.

Congress believes that:

  1. the continued freeze on pay summarises the government's plans to pass the cost of the pandemic onto working people
  2. despite the claps for frontline workers, it is they who will be asked to make up for the Tories horrendous mishandling of the Covid-19 crisis
  3. the trade union movement must unite to make sure that after years of austerity after the 2008 crash we don't face decades more
  4. pay restraint will increase the gender and race pay gaps and will continue to hit casualised staff disproportionately.

Congress resolves UCU to approach other unions to launch a campaign around the theme, 'We won't pay for the pandemic- no more austerity'.

Carried

53  Review of UCU's affiliated organisations - City College Plymouth

Congress notes:

  1. interim Congress rightly demonstrated that our union will not tolerate sexual harassment and intimidation of survivors. (Motions 21, 22 and 23).
  2. UCU's policy, from the interim Congress 2021, is to establish a gender-based violence commission.
  3. UCU funds and supports a number of national and grassroots campaigns across the range of issues our members face.

Congress resolves:

  1. to review the affiliated organisations, to ensure that UCU can have full confidence in the policies and actions of the leadership of each organisation to root out and deal with gender-based violence cases within its structures
  2. to bring to NEC an opportunity to review and remove organisations who cannot prove natural justice and robust policies on sexual violence.

Carried

54  Discussion of pensions at Congress - East Midlands retired members

This Congress is firmly of the opinion that motions dealing with industrial action associated with pensions should be dealt with by sectoral bodies. However, it also recognises that many HE members belong to the TPS and that retired members are impacted by changes to the indexation of the pensions that they receive. To limit all discussion of pensions to sectoral bodies means that some aspects of pensions policy cannot be adequately addressed. Plenary Congress sessions should be allowed to discuss the issue of pensions that are not exclusively the property of sectoral bodies.

Carried as amended

54A.1 South West retired members

Insert 'occupational' before 'pensions' (title and lines 2, 4, 4, 5 and 6 (six instances)

Insert 'continue to be' after 'should' (line 2)

Insert 'the occupational pension schemes of which they are members, such as' after 'changes to' (line 3)

Insert 'and the operation of occupational pension schemes' after 'policy' (line 5)

Replace 'the issue' with 'those aspects' (line 6)

Replace 'impacted' with 'affected' (line 3)

Carried

Substantive motion

This Congress is firmly of the opinion that motions dealing with industrial action associated with occupational pensions should continue to be dealt with by sectoral bodies. However, it also recognises that many HE members belong to the TPS and that retired members are affected by changes the occupational pension schemes of which they are members, such as to the indexation of the occupational pensions that they receive. To limit all discussion of occupational pensions to sectoral bodies means that some aspects of occupational pensions policy and the operation of occupational pension schemes cannot be adequately addressed. Plenary congress sessions should be allowed to discuss those aspects of occupational pensions that are not exclusively the property of sectoral bodies.

Rule changes

55  Rule change: Gender identity - National executive committee

In rule 2.5 (aims and objects), after 'To oppose actively all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex', insert 'gender identity,'.

In rule 6.1, after '...all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex', insert 'gender identity,'.

Purpose: to bring the relevant union rules on discrimination into line with current union policy, explicitly including gender identity.

Carried

56  Rule change: UCU membership and far right organisations - National executive committee

In rule 6.1.1, after 'political organisation', delete 'including', add 'such as'.

After 'BNP', delete 'and', replace with comma; after 'National Front', add 'and AfD'

Final clause, before '6.1 above', add '2.5 and'

Purpose: to update the description in rule 6.1.1 in respect of far right political organisations and the union's aims and object.

Carried

57  Rule change: Congress delegates from equality standing committees - National executive committee

Rule 17.1, first clause, after '... National Executive Committee', add ', two members of each standing committee set up under rule 23.1 (one from each sector)'

Purpose: to give each equality standing committee the ability to send two voting delegates to Congress (currently each committee sends two observers).

Carried

58  Rule change: General data protection regulation - National executive committee

In rule 6.3, add at end:

All members and student members shall co-operate with the union in the lawful discharge of its duties and responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Purpose: to bring the rules into line with current data protection law and the union's legal obligations.

Carried

59  Rule change: Amend Congress standing order 18 (quorum) - University of Leeds

Congress standing order 20, delete '(subject to rounding up to the nearest whole number)'

Add at end:

'except where, by convention, the chair asks that only a subset of the branches in a sector should vote on the topic under discussion, in which case the quorum shall be a fraction of 150 members proportionate to membership in that subset. Quora shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.'

Purpose: To have a quorum for sector specific conferences on matters relating to a subset of the sector which is line with the membership of that subset.

Carried

60  Rule change: Congress membership and new/small branches - University of Sheffield International College

Rule 17: Congress membership

Proposed rule change:

Rule 17.1: Delete ', or in the case of institutions/central groups/regional retired members' branches with fewer than 100 members, by aggregations of members in institutions/central groups/regional retired members' branches, as specified by Congress Standing Orders.'

Rule 17.2: Delete ', or in an aggregation of members in institutions/central groups/regional retired members' branches in accordance with Rule 17.1, as appropriate.'

Purpose: To allow all branches of less than 100 members the right to participate in National Congress.

Remitted

61  Speaking times at Congress - South West regional committee

Standing Order 21: replace 'five minutes' with 'four minutes' and 'three minutes' with 'two minutes'

Purpose: to reduce the speaking times in the Congress standing orders for movers of motions (and sections of the NEC's report to Congress) from five minutes to four minutes, and for all other speakers from three minutes to two minutes.

Lost

62  Rule 24 Retired Members' Committee - Yorkshire and Humberside retired members

Add at end of title to Rule 24

'and Retired Members' Committee'

 Add at end of 24.2

'This meeting shall elect delegates to the Retired Members' Committee'

Insert new 24.3 and renumber subsequently

There shall be a Retired Members' Committee, which advises the NEC on matters relating to retired members. The Retired Members' Committee shall have the right to send two motions and two amendments to UCU annual congress.

Purpose: to establish a Retired Members' Committee, similar to in role to the specialist committees which exist under Rule 25 for Academic -related and Professional Staff and the Anti-Casualisation Committee.

Carried

63  Voting process - South West regional committee

Standing order 40: after '....hold up their voting cards', add 'this will initiate the use of electronic voting, where the facility is available.'

Standing order 41, first sentence: delete 'count employing tellers is taken', replace with 'electronic vote'

Purpose: to put electronic voting into the Congress standing orders.

Lost

64  Addition of 15.9-15.11 to rule 15: National hustings event - University of Sheffield

Add new rules:

15.9 Between 7-14 days after a ballot for General Secretary or Officers of the Union has opened, a UK-wide hustings event will be held to ensure that all members and candidates have access to a fully accessible hustings event. This event will be video-recorded and edited before distribution to all members. Reasonable traveling and subsistence expenses will be made available to candidates, paid from union funds.

15.9.1 The location of this event may not occur at the home branch of any participating candidate, and the location will rotate to a different region from the previous year, with due consideration to accessibility depending on candidates' locations.

15.9.2 If it is not possible to hold the event physically for any reason, it will be held online.

15.9.3 All members eligible to vote in the relevant election will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of this event.

15.10 The date for the event will be chosen in consultation with all candidates, and will be finalised no later than one month before the beginning of the ballot period.

15.10.1 If a candidate prefers to attend electronically rather than in person, or to pre-record a statement and answers to questions, this will be facilitated. Candidates who are disabled, impaired or have a long term health condition will be able to make this known and have their adjustment needs accommodated to avoid any disadvantage by reason of disability.

15.10.2 If a candidate cannot make the session due to illness or emergency, they will be given an opportunity to record their responses on another date, to be included in the recording for members.

15.10.3 Candidates may choose not to attend.

15.11 During the relevant ballot period, any other branch organising a hustings event will provide candidates with 30 days notice, making every effort to make the event accessible to all candidates, including facilitating electronic attendance. Reasonable traveling and subsistence expenses will be made available to candidates, paid from branch funds, on the basis that all candidates standing for a given position are invited to attend.

Carried

65  'New-delegate friendly' order of business for Congress - South West regional committee

Standing Order 67: in section C, move points 2, 3, and 4 to follow point 5, and renumber accordingly.

Purpose: to move other topics ahead of the financial business in the order of private sessions of Congress.

Lost

66  Entitlement to participate in election of UCU Scotland officers - Scottish retired members

Add at the end of Rule 18.9.2 

For the purposes of 18.9.2 only, the Scottish Retired Members Branch shall be treated as a Higher Education Sector branch. 

Purpose: The existing rules have the consequence that in Scotland members of the Retired Members branch are excluded from electing key officers. There is no FE sector in UCU Scotland, so there is no requirement to apply the sectoral separation. The proposed change to 18.9.2 will enable the desired inclusion of retired members in these elections. 

Carried

67  Rule 24: National meetings of retired members - Yorkshire and Humberside retired members

Add 24.4

24.4 The meeting shall select from among resolutions it has carried at its current and immediate previous annual meeting two motions for sending to the BDC of the NPC.

Purpose: to clarify and improve the process of selection by the annual meeting of two motions for forwarding to the BDC (Biennial Delegate Conference) of the NPC (National Pensioners' Convention). This addition to rule will authorise the meeting to consider not only motions carried at its current meeting but also the motions from the previous year's Annual Meeting. This rule addition expands the scope of motions for consideration for forwarding.

Note: if the amendment for a Retired Members' Committee is carried, this will then be renumbered as 24.5

Carried

L3  Composite: Israel/Palestine - Solidarity with the Palestinian people - Croydon College, University of Brighton Grand Parade, University of Cambridge, City and Islington College Camden Road, University of Brighton Falmer, King's College London

Congress notes:

  1. renewed Israeli barrage against Gaza, and outpouring of solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israeli aggression 
  2. ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from East Jerusalem
  3. Human Rights Watch finding 'crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution' by Israel
  4. Kahanists (Israeli Fascists) elected to Knesset
  5. racist attacks on Palestinians and progressive Israeli Jews by mobs, protected by police.

Congress believes this compounds

  1. illegal settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem
  2. systematic discrimination against Palestinians holding Israeli citizenship
  3. Nation State Law making Israel a state for Jews, rendering Palestinians and non-Jewish immigrants second-class
  4. destitution of Gaza.

This arises from the Israeli state's settler-colonial and supremacist nature, for which Britain bears special responsibility.
Congress resolves via GS to

  1. urge members to review any relationships with Israeli institutions, and consider their moral and political implications
  2. call on the UK government and devolved administrations to impose trade sanctions and  arms embargos on Israel
  3. circulate sanctions petition to members
  4. urge branches to support Palestinian rights, which may include branch-organised PSC/BRICUP meetings, defending the right to legitimately criticise Israel and Zionism.

Carried

L4  Re-instate full strike fund for local disputes - University of Liverpool

Congress recognises the decision made by NEC in early 2020 to reduce the daily amount of strike pay and the context that decision was made in.

However, since COVID hit, many organisations including UCU, have saved money on staffing, conferencing and travel costs etc.

There are a number of branches currently in dispute and taking or are about to take strike action. This motion asks congress to agree to sanction the transfer of money saved during the pandemic into the fighting fund.

Congress resolves to:

  1. reinstate strike pay to £50 per day after the third strike day for members earning over £30,000 and to £75 per day after the second      strike day for members earning under that threshold
  2. recognise and adhere to maximum payment caps already set
  3. call to members to increase efforts to raise donations to the strike fund.

Carried

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