In the referendum, RUSU invited student members, the students of Reading University, to cast their vote and determine whether RUSU should support the University and College Union (UCU) strike action and/or action short of strike.
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 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 related to two separate disputes; an ongoing dispute over Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pensions; and a dispute relating to pay and working conditions.
This referendum included four separate questions;
- Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pension dispute?
- Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over pension dispute?
- Should RUSU support UCU strike action over pay and working conditions dispute?
- Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over pay and working conditions dispute?
Students were able to respond ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Abstain’ to each question. The outcome to these questions determined RUSU’s position in relation to the 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 student members to decide how to vote, we produced a detailed explanation of what voting for each question means and what it will result in.