Submit an Amendment

The Referendum questions are:

  1. Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pension dispute?
  2. Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pay and working conditions dispute?

What is an amendment?

An amendment, also known as an alternative proposal, suggests alternative wording to the question posed in the referendum.

This process allows student members of RUSU to propose changes to the initial referendum proposal. All proposed amendments must be in the spirit of the original question.

Any student member can submit an amendment to the proposal using the Amendments Submission Survey

The final decision as to whether to accept any amendments lies with the RUSU Trustee Board.

How do I submit an amendment?

You must be logged on to the RUSU website. You will need to use your university username and password to log on.

Complete the Amendments Submission Survey.

You will be asked to give your name, student number, contact details and details of your amendment.

The deadline for submitting amendments will close on 23:59 on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

By voting YES, you are voting to say that:

  • RUSU should support UCU and those University staff taking strike action over pension dispute.
  • RUSU should also support UCU and those University staff taking action short of a strike. This may include action taken by University staff in the form of a protest, an expression of dissatisfaction, slowdown or working to rule.
  • RUSU should support UCU and those University staff taking action for the duration of strike action in relation to this dispute.

By voting YES, you understand that:

  • RUSU recognises and respects that our members, the students of Reading University, have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pension dispute.
  • RUSU will reflect the majority view of our members (subject to quorum being met in this referendum) in relation to 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 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 undertaking organisational activities such as drafting policy.

By voting YES, you agree that RUSU will do the following:

  • Publish a statement. The statement will acknowledge that our members have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pension dispute and have voted to support UCU and those University staff taking strike action and action short of a strike.
  • Provide resources (short of financial resources) to our members should they wish to attend protests in solidarity with UCU members, for example, physical space to produce campaign materials.
  • RUSU Officer Trustee(s) are permitted to attend protests 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.
  • RUSU will look to UCU to supply any materials.

By voting NO, you are voting to say that:

  • RUSU should not support UCU and University staff taking strike action over pension dispute.
  • RUSU should not support UCU and University staff taking action short of a strike which may include action taken by University staff in the form of a protest, an expression of dissatisfaction, slowdown or working to rule.
  • RUSU should not support UCU and University staff for the duration of strike action in relation to this dispute.

By voting NO, you understand that:

  • RUSU recognises and respects that our members, the students of Reading University, have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pension dispute.
  • RUSU will reflect the majority view of our members (subject to quorum being met in this referendum) in relation to 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 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 undertaking organisational activities such as drafting policy.

By voting NO, you agree that RUSU should do the following:

  • Publish a statement. The statement will acknowledge that our members have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pension dispute and have voted not to support UCU strike action and action short of a strike.
  • RUSU Officer Trustee(s) will represent RUSU position at relevant meetings.

By voting yes, you will agree with the following:

  • RUSU should support UCU and those University staff taking strike action over pay and working conditions dispute.
  • RUSU should also support UCU and those University staff taking action short of a strike. This may include action taken by University staff in the form of a protest, an expression of dissatisfaction, slowdown or working to rule.
  • RUSU should support UCU and those University staff taking action for the duration of strike action in relation to this dispute.

By voting yes, you understand that:

  • RUSU recognises and respects that our members, the students of Reading University, have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pay and working conditions dispute.
  • RUSU will reflect the majority view of our members (subject to quorum being met in this referendum) in relation to 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 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 undertaking organisational activities such as drafting policy.

By voting YES, you agree that RUSU will do the following:

  • Publish a policy statement. The statement will acknowledge that our members have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pay and working conditions dispute and have voted to support of UCU and those University staff taking strike action and action short of a strike.
  • Provide resources (short of financial resources) to our members should they wish to attend protests in solidarity with UCU members, for example, physical space to produce campaign materials.
  • RUSU Officer Trustee(s) are permitted to attend protests 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.
  • RUSU will look to UCU to supply any materials.

By voting NO, you are voting to say that:

  • RUSU should not support UCU and University staff taking strike action over pay and working conditions dispute.
  • RUSU should not support UCU and University staff taking action short of a strike which may include action taken by University staff in the form of a protest, an expression of dissatisfaction, slowdown or working to rule.
  • RUSU should not support UCU and University staff for the duration of strike action in relation to this dispute.

By voting NO, you understand that:

  • RUSU recognises and respects that our members, the students of Reading University, have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pay and working conditions dispute.
  • RUSU will reflect the majority view of our members (subject to quorum being met in this referendum) in relation to 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 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 undertaking organisational activities such as drafting policy.

By voting NO, you agree that RUSU should do the following:

  • Publish a statement. The statement will acknowledge that our members have differing and potentially opposing opinions on the pay and working conditions dispute and have voted not to support UCU strike action and action short of a strike.
  • RUSU Officer Trustee(s) will represent RUSU position at relevant meetings.