Following the end of the e-ballot of the 13 April 2018, a group of trade unionists, academics and activists from a range of different groups and organisations came together to launch a campaign for increased democracy in UCU.
We are concerned that the way the ballot was conducted and the coordination of the dispute before the ballot exposed significant problems of democracy in our trade union, UCU. We believe these problems can be addressed by practical measures and by the involvement of ordinary members demanding improvements. We need democratic structures and a democratic culture that properly reflects our transformed union.
As the Chartists and generations of trade unionists who followed them discovered, democracy is not given from above but fought for from below.
The unity statement is published at www.ucuunitedfordemocracy.wordpress.com/unity-statement, where you can sign online.