Monday, 24 September 2007
UCU Members: Sign the Petition for a Ballot!
Jimmy Donaghey and Jon Pike, two excellent members of UCU, have initiated a petition which calls for a full ballot of members on the boycott motion. There's evidence that this ballot would go against the boycott & therefore the movement is apparently blocking it, in spite of the pledge by UCU's General Secretary (Sally Hunt) to put this to a ballot. Last time, AUT members overturned the motion within weeks by way of such a ballot, and the damage of that boycott was consequently short-lived, curtailed & mitigated.
I'd hoped this whole barmey business had gone away with this decisive result. Oh so misguided for now it has come back & worse! Worse precisely because this hasn't gone to a prompt ballot of all the UCU members...
So I hope MANY will sign, remembering the experience of the journalists who succeeded in stemming the boycott's damaging effects by rising up and allowing the voice of the rank & file to be heard when the elites of the union had stopped listening. And crucial to this process was a petition along these lines...
UCU Members for a Ballot ask that you please circulate amongst colleagues, on branch e-lists and pass on to people at other institutions. And please send any comments in support of a ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org
[hat tip: the wonderful Engage]
PS This is the first time I can actually say that I'm happy to be a member of the UCU! At least it's enabled me to add my name to a worthy petition...