Yesterday, May 30th 2007, the British University and College Union voted to adopt a policy broadly supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, as well as calling for a moratorium on EU funding for Israeli research.
THIS IS URGENT AND TIME LIMITED:
You can join StandWithUs, Fairplay in the UK and other groups help overturn this move, but please act right now.
We want to place as much pressure on the UCU leadership as we can.
We want them to call a referendum of all the members to vote on the boycott issue.
Write an email now, keep it polite; don't make it personal, but address the issues. They are:
· Express your dismay at the decision of the Congress to boycott Israeli academic institutions
· Ask UCU leadership to condemn the boycott vocally and publicly
· Ask Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary, to confirm that she will be honoring her promise to call a referendum of all the UCU membership to ask ALL the UCU members if they support a boycott.
· Express your feelings about the boycott. Boycotts are one sided and do not help anyone;
Please send your emails to:
With a bcc to:
(Above are the emails of: Sally Hunt, General Secretary / Paul Mackney, Joint General Secretary / UCU Head Office / UCU Joint Presidents / Heads of Higher & Further Education).
THE UCU GENERAL SECRETARY HAS SAID SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNION SUPPORTS A BOYCOTT.
YOUR PRESSURE CAN MAKE THE UCU LEADERSHIP ACT.
EMAIL YOUR RESPONSES NOW.
You can Fax the UCU at: +44 207 670 9699