Boycott clarification

July 20, 2007

Your report "No boycott vote till '08" (July 13) was not quite accurate.

The University and College Union strategy and finance committee substantially approved a paper detailing plans to implement the congress decision to discuss a proposed academic boycott of Israel; however, it voted narrowly to delete (but not to reject) a recommendation to put the outcome of those discussions to a consultative ballot of members.

This recommendation will need to be revisited. Members cannot be excluded from playing a full and equal part in the discussions and in the decision-making process that must follow.

The UCU congress deserves the opportunity to take an informed final decision in the full knowledge of membership views.

Alan Carr
Honorary treasurer
University and College Union

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