In this referendum, RUSU invites student members, the students
of Reading University, to cast their vote and determine
whether RUSU should support the upcoming University and
College Union (UCU) strike action and/or action short of
Strike action is industrial action whereby UCU members take
the decision not to work on a strike day. If they choose, UCU
members can choose not to work on all of the strike days.
Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) may include, but is not
limited to, industrial action taken by UCU members in the form
of a protest, an expression of dissatisfaction, slowdown,
refusal to work overtime or working to rule.
This official industrial action relates an ongoing dispute
over Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pensions.
The referendum questions are;
Should RUSU support UCU strike action over the pension
Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over the
Students will be able to respond ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Abstain’ to
both questions. The outcome of the referendum will determine
RUSU’s position in relation to the upcoming UCU strike action
and UCU action short of a strike.
RUSU is not obliged to act upon a vote that has a turnout of
less than 1,000 students eligible to vote. However, the vote
may be taken into account when formulating policies.
To help you decide how to vote, we have written
a detailed explanation of what voting for each question
and what it will result in.
Voting for this referendum is open from 10:00, 22nd
November until 23:59, 30th November 2021.