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A message from your RUSU President relating to Referendum results

Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) student members voted in support of the University and College Union (UCU) strike action and action short of a strike.

RUSU Trustee Board called for a referendum to invite student members, the students of the University of Reading, to determine whether RUSU should support UCU strike action over pension dispute and the pay and working conditions dispute. Student members were also asked to determine whether RUSU should support UCU taking further strike action and/or action short of a strike in relation to these disputes from the 25th November 2019 and ending no later than 29th April 2020.

There were four separate questions in the referendum; the results are as follows:

  1. Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pension dispute?
    Turnout 1224
    YES 775
    NO 418
    ABSTAIN 31
  2. Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over pension dispute?
    Turnout 1201
    YES 750
    NO 371
    ABSTAIN 80
  3. Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pay and working conditions dispute?
    Turnout 1193
    YES 768
    NO 375
    ABSTAIN 50
  4. Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over pay and working conditions dispute?
    Turnout 1185
    YES 755
    NO 347
    ABSTAIN 83

RUSU recognises and respects that our members, the students of the University of Reading, hold differing opinions relating to the current disputes. In this referendum, student members voted by a majority to support strike action and action short of a strike.

RUSU will continue to support individual students, through our advice and representation functions, in relation to the impact strikes may have on an individual students’ academic student experience and academic progression.

RUSU will provide resources (short of financial resources) to our members should they wish to protest in solidarity with UCU members, for example, physical space to produce campaign materials.

RUSU Officer Trustee(s) are permitted to protest in solidarity with UCU members (should they wish to do so and where this does not impact their ability to fulfil their duties).

RUSU Officer Trustee(s) will represent RUSU position at relevant meetings and consider other activities whereby RUSU can demonstrate its position in relation to UCU strike action.

If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@rusu.co.uk.

Thank you

Molli Cleaver
RUSU President