The independent broad left (IBL) is a network of like-minded UCU members who tend to have shared views on issues crucial to our union. We are firm in our belief that repeatedly calling for national strike action, regardless of circumstances or members’ views, is the wrong strategy, misleading and counterproductive.
UCU needs to act in the interests of all members – not just the few
In these uncertain times of national and international upheaval we need a leadership that continues to focus on members’ core concerns of professionalism and pay & conditions. We do not need a ‘UCU LEFT/ Socialist Workers Party’ backed leadership with a political agenda often set by external organisations, bent on empty militant posturing and a culture of blame
UCU needs a leadership with current, credible and relevant experience.
Vote Sally Hunt for UCU General Secretary
We believe that Sally is by far the best candidate for this crucial role, given her successful track record as UCU’s General Secretary, her professionalism and her commitment to national and international trade unionism. We agree with her intent to further develop and strengthen support for members and branches and to give members even more say in shaping union priorities. She will ensure elected committees have credible & deliverable plans for industrial action and make UCU more relevant to young staff – the next generation of members.
Vote Douglas Chalmers for UCU Vice President
Currently President of UCU Scotland with much active experience as branch officer, caseworker and national negotiator, Douglas speaks for us all when he says that most members [whether HE, FE, Adult Education or Prison Educators] want to be able to provide a good comprehensive education service and receive proper professional recognition and reward for doing it. Members need their union to prioritise protecting their jobs, their terms and conditions and not seek conflict for the sake of it.
Vote Steve Sangwine for UCU Treasurer
Based on his professional background in computer science and computational mathematics and his in-depth local and national UCU experience, we agree with Steve that, given the current political climate, UCU really needs a numerate treasurer, who is experienced in complex legal and financial matters and can ‘hit the ground running’
Vote for a member-led leadership
IBL believes that members deserve better than being told what they should, could or must think. Leadership is about making decisions through listening and consulting with all members.
ALL members from ALL sectors are entitled to vote for the above 3 candidates – PLEASE USE YOUR VOTE
IBL also suggests you support the following candidates:
Trustees: Randy Banks; Alastair Hunter; Philip Burgess
UK Elected HE: Julie Charlton, Michael McKrell; Dominique Lauterburg
UK Elected FE: Anya Cook
Representative LGBT: Ryan Prout
Midlands HE: David Ridley; Justin Mercer
Midlands FE: Simon Bruce-Jones; John Sullivan
North East FE (By-election): Richard Bathgate
Southern HE: Pauline Collins, Denis Nicole
For further information, contact: IBLcontactaddress@gmail.com
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