Flora (VP Student Communities) delivered a presentation to Senate in order to provide additional information on the proposed industrial action. This presentation has been attached to the minutes for reference.
Dan (VP Engagement) told senate that senior members of RESSUP would like to offer support to all students and not just to those students who live in halls.
David (VP Welfare) explained that the University appeared to be cutting the support they offer to students which leaves a gap in care at night which puts pressure on Enabling Services.
Alex (Union President) provided more information on the subsequent disagreement as the University believes that the Union's support for strike action is in breach of the agreement between the Union and the University on how we work together. Alex explained to the Senate that the Union feels that they were not fully consulted.
Elliot (VP Education) asked Flora how the 18- 20% cut was calculated.
Flora confirmed that this was worked out based on the additional pay that staff get for working unsocial hours and that as result of it becoming a 24hour service this additional pay was being cut. The University has stated that this cut brings them in line with other Universities.
Emily Harrison (Senator) asked Flora if the decision had been made and whether the agreement between the Union and the University stated that we should be made aware of any discussion.
Flora confirmed that the decision had been made and new contracts presented to staff.
Dan presented the argument that it may have been too quick of the Union to make a statement before asking to meet with the Univeristy and Unison to discuss the decision as we need more facts.
Aaron (Senator) agreed with Dan's statement that the Union should talk to the University and Unison. Aaron also asked the legal status of the agreement with the University.
Alex (Union President) confirmed that the agreement is signed by the Union President each year at the beginning of their term.
Aaron went on to ask when the strikes would be.
Flora stated that they hadn't been confirmed but that the Union suspects they will be late June at the earliest.
Giles (Senator) stated that there are students still in halls including Health Sciences and Pre-sessional student who will be affected by any strike action and that this should be considered. Giles went on to stated that the University has an increasing position of making decisions without consulting with the Union.
In response, Emily (Senator) asked what support would be given to those student still in Halls if strike action were to go ahead. Emily went on to agree with Dan's statement about a discussion with the Univeristy to at least determine what provisions would be made.
Ben, Chair of Senate put to action that the Union should request a meeting with the University and Unison in order to find out more information. Full notes from this meeting should be written up and sent to the Senators so that they are more informed before being asked to make a decision by round-robin. Ben actioned that the political societies present at Senate should also be sent that information and be given adequate time to present an argument. Senators will then vote on whether the Union should support strike action in protest of the restructuring and subsequent pay cuts.