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March 08, 2006
Wow I haven't blogged for a while about Council, I'll restrict my points to what mainly happened, and sum up about referenda too. This is hopefully reflect the format of future postings.
- 487 "Sponsorship and Advertising in the Students Union" – Enabling the SU to actually ban companies from sponsoring and advertising.
- 506 "Nestlé" – Banning Nestlé on grounds of their unethical activities specifically with regards to baby milk.
- 635 "LOBBYING FOR A FULL NATIONAL SMOKING BAN" – Resolved to support the introduction of national smoking ban and to make the Union non-smoking as soon as a national smoking ban came into force.
- 636 "DENIAL OF ACCESS TO FURTHER EDUCATION IN IRAN" – Resolved to write letters etc. to MPs about restrictions on access to higher education for certain religious groups.
- 637 "ACCESS TO EDUCATION – FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICE" – Resolved to write to Imperial College condemning their ban on the ‘Niqaab’ (face veil) and 'hoodies'.
- 604 "Sabbatical Pay" – Resolved to appoint a Advisory Group for Sabbatical Pay, which was during done. They will look at sabbatical pay levels and report back to council in T3W3.
- 460 "TRADE JUSTICE" – Resolved to do lots of lovely FAIRTRADE stuff and promote trade justice, read the policy for more details!
- 638 "SUPPORTING THE LECTURERS STRIKE" – Resolved to support the AUT and the lecturers strike, wholly.
- 639 "COCA-COLA" – Resolved to lobby NUSSL (who provide the Unions food and drink) not to use Coco-Cola or to source an alternative vendor for the Unions 'soft' drinks.
- 640 "PROPAGANDA" – Resolved to create some form of publication that would be for Union officers to write articles in.
- 641 "ALCOHOL-FREE ACCOMMODATION" – Resolved to lobby the University to provide alcohol free corridors in halls, and to undertake a survey of students to see if this was something they wanted.
- 642 "VARSITY DAY" – Resolved to investigate the possibility of making the final match on Varsity day alternate between men's and women's rugby. And to oversee the production of the 'Song Book' so that it is in line with the Equal Opps Appendix.
So that was all the major stuff from council.
All five motions were passed at referendum, you've probably heard about them all, but I'll sum up briefly if you haven't:
- 643 "RESTRICTING POSITIVE GENDER DISCRIMINATION" – Resolves not to support or use positive discrimination on the grounds of gender.
- 644 "UPDATING OUR CONSTUTION" – Resolves to make changes to the constitution removing the requirement for a union general meeting, placing restrictions on what can be put to a vote and numerous other changes.
- 645 "FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING AND ADVISING PREGNANT STUDENTS OF THEIR CHOICES" – Changes the Unions stance to pro-choice and resolves to set a fund to help support pregnant students.
- 646 "ENSURING FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR MEDIA SOCIETIES" – Resolves to let media societies publish/broadcast without independent vetting for impartiality and to allow WTV to broadcast potentially offensive content.
- 647 "FAIRTRADE IN THE UNION" – Resolves to make the Union even more FAIRTRADE based, all good stuff but too much to list here.
Well thats all I want to say for now, hopefully you've learnt something about what the Union does.
February 08, 2006
Tomorrow sees the second session of Union Council for term two, on the agenda are many English words and phrases combining to give you a picture of what is happening:
Co-options, (again!), places for Medical Faculty Councillors and Science Councillors amongst others, and we're co-opting a new deputy chair of council, should be interesting.
Policy Lapse, your standard affair mostly, ban on Nestle and their evil doings, and Also a policy that actually allows council to ban companies etc.
Then we get to enjoy the deferred business from last council, a few resolutions, nothing too exciting.
Then all the stuff from the inquorate AGM (oh dear), some policy that will require discussion, NUS extra, though most of the points were raised at the AGM, and the councillors attended, didn't they? Anywho on to the fun stuff:
Access to Education – A policy to ensure that people aren't 'put off' education by restriction of clothing or practices etc.
Positive Gender Discrimination – A policy to give the union a stance on the issue of Positive Gender Discrimination.
Then, for afters, two more resolutions, read about them on the Agenda, I'm tired. If you are councillor, see you there, if you're a student come along too, S0.21, Thursday 7pm.
January 19, 2006
Disclaimer: This is not the official record of the happenings of council, that is known as 'the minutes', and can be found on the Unions website
I missed the first half hour of council, so if anyone wants to add to this post, please send me an email, with what happened, otherwise I'll fill everything in from the minutes.
I caught the end of questions, where one was asked that particularly resonated with council. As I'm trying to remain objective on this blog, you can read my comments on my blog, listed in track-backs. All the policies due for lapse, were kept on the policy drive, with some of them being 'beefed up' slightly, so the union basically supports:
- The Campaign Against the Arms Trade.
- The removal/disclosure of 'Hidden course costs'.
- FAIRTRADE products in the Union.
- Refusal of Sponsorship from Tobacco Companies.
The Union confirmed the decision that Exec took, and supported, the consultation document by WASS. An amendment was proposed to remove the Union's support, to make it clear that the Union doesn't positively discriminate. But the amendment was rejected in a vote 26/24, then the real policy went through clearly.
The Union confirmed its view of 'No Confidence' in the National Student Survey. It was explained to councillors that the survey was almost pointless as the data was collected and collated in such a way that to infer any meaning would be questionable.
Clear policy was set out for the upcoming emergence of 'TV dinners', the plan is to show TV from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, changing current policy. The policy was given a warm reception and voted through quickly.
A policy of preventing Union events on religious holidays was passed, the exact details of which can be found on the Union's website, but basically the Union will try to schedule events around religious holidays so that more people can attend.
That was all the motions and at this point people were leaving, Quorum was in jeopardy!
The first two resolutions were passed, so the Elections Group vs Warwick Boar saga continues, but they seem to have met each other half way. The second resolution was some general housekeeping and so nothing really changed, but it did, read the document if you really want to know!
Unfortunately at this point the meeting fell inquorate, so all the other resolutions were deferred until the next meeting, week six.
More to come soon, when I'm less tired, feel free to comment.
January 17, 2006
There is a meeting of the Council of the Students' Union this Thursday at 7pm in S0.21.
Many interesting things are to be discussed, and I will edit this entry with more details when I have the time, meanwhile you can investigate for yourself, by visiting the SU website
Any full member (i.e. a student) can attend if they so wish, but usually only do if there's a particular thing you want to speak about.
And, councillors please attend, big shamey McShamington if you don't.