In order to enable Goldsmiths UCU to send motions to this years Congress, we are asking members to take part in an on-line ballot on two motions – on the Counter Terrorism and Security Act and on Housing. We need at least 45 members to respond.
Please respond by FRIDAY 13 MARCH 10AM at the latest by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org . See Motions below:
Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (MOTION CTSA)
1. That the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act places a statutory requirement on public bodies – including universities – to ’prevent people being drawn into terrorism’.
2. That PREVENT and the Government’s ‘anti-extremism’ agenda have been used to create an expansive surveillance architecture to spy on the public – and in particular minority communities — and to police dissent.
3. That the statutory responsibilities placed on universities by the Act may conflict with their responsibility to protect academic freedom.
1. That the Act presents a significant threat to civil liberties and community cohesion and will have a detrimental effect on academic freedom as well as the right to protest on campuses.
1. To publicly oppose the Counter Terrorism and Security Act and, in conjunction with NUS and other campus unions, to call for its repeal.
2. To develop guidelines for Unions on effective non-cooperation with the Act.
Housing (MOTION HOUSING)
· The severity of the housing crisis in which each year 100,000 fewer homes are built then are needed while many of those that are built are increasingly unaffordable.
· The fact that, in England, a quarter of adults under the age of 35 are living in their childhood bedroom.
· The insecurity of the private rental sector
· The continuing sell off of council housing and the current threats to housing association tenants.
· The impact of housing costs and shortages on the ability of students and education professionals to find suitable accommodation.
· That access to housing is made even harder because university workers do not qualify as key workers.
· The growing resistance to the housing scandal such as the inspiring Focus E15 campaign and occupations of council estates.
Conference calls on the NEC to work in conjunction with housing campaigners and the People’s Assembly against Austerity to organise regional protests and to call a national assembly to discuss the most effective responses to housing shortages.