Emergency motion on requesting the national union to apply an Academic Boycott on Goldsmiths, University of London

Passed at GUCU branch Meeting 30.11. 2021

This branch notes:

  • An unprecedented turnout of 70% in the postal ballot on industrial action over proposed redundancies at Goldsmiths, with an overwhelming mandate (86% for strike and 93% for action short of strike) for action for a period of 6 months.
  • The above indicates strong opposition to SMT’s threat to make 52 members of staff across the university redundant over the course of the 2021/22 academic year.
  • Management has consistently failed to engage in meaningful consultation or provide fair and reasonable selection criteria for the redundancy process.
  • Despite beginning 3 weeks of strike action, management has thus far failed to seriously consider GUCU’s demand for alternatives to redundancies.  

This branch believes:

  • If SMT does not show signs of meeting GUCU’s demands over the strike period, the branch should be prepared to escalate and diversify their actions. 
  • We believe SMT has demonstrated serious malpractice in employment relations in the way they have conducted the redundancy process.
  • SMT has shown increasing intransigence in the face of an unprecedented ballot outcome and schedule of strike action.  
  • GUCU has support and solidarity from UCU branches across the sector to be able to take an even stronger stance against our employer.

This branch resolves:

  • To submit a request to the national union to apply the sanctions listed in the UCU Censure and Academic Boycott Policy to Goldsmiths.
  • To prepare a comprehensive and indefinite application of the Censure and Academic Boycott Policy from January 2022.
  • To prepare a high profile ‘Boycott Goldsmiths’ media campaign.