Five motions were passed at today’s meeting, they can be found in detail here. Amendments can be found in the minutes. The motions are summarised below:
- Fossil Fuel Divestment – It was resolved for OUSU to formally request that the University should cease directly investing in fossil fuel companies, describing such investment as ‘socially irresponsible’. On average around 5% of university endowments are invested in fossil fuels. The University currently promises not to invest in arms companies, and this motion hopes to prevent investment in fossil fuel companies in order to combat climate change.
- Motion against Marketisation – This motion condemned the ‘increased marketization of this university’ – detailing cuts to staff pay, the sale of the student loanbook and the repression of student protests. The motion resolved to support staff strikes, condemn violations of students’ rights to peacefully protest and to support the national week of action against the sell-off of the student loanbook.
At today’s meeting, the OUSU team also reported back on their work over the past few weeks. Their full report can be found here.
OUSU have got some really worthwhile campaigns covering a range of issues including feminism, Mental Health, LGBTQ and racial awareness issues, amongst many others. To find out more visit the OUSU website.
Living Wage Campaign