Voting record Guild Council 14/11/2013

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Here’s how I voted on behalf of BEMA at the first Guild Council of the year.
Because of the number of Guild sub-committee elections taking place this time, very few motions were debated and were automatically deferred to December’s Council once time ran out.

Motions that weren’t ‘starred’ by attendees passed automatically, without discussion.

If you have any questions/issues with my voting, let me know at axs278@bham.ac.uk

Peace,
Azfar.

Note: All motions passed are subject to scrutiny and acceptance/rejection by the Guild’s Trustee Board, who sit above Guild Council in terms of power.
Where a motion may have asked for changes to the Bye-Laws of the Guild, this is also subject to approval by University Council, which are a body of the University rather than the Guild.

Motion title Motion summary My vote Outcome
18a) Protecting personal privacy
Deferred from June Guild Council
Reserved Open Place Guild Councillor positions (e.g. for LGBTQ, Disabled, BME Open Place) to be filled by a system that allows candidates to avoid publically disclosing their membership in those minority groups, so that they don’t have to ‘come out’ to the whole University in order to run.Amended Against Fell
18b) Timetabling
Deferred from June Guild Council
Support/lobby University to ensure that standard timetabled lecture days don’t extend beyond 4 or 5pm, so that students (particularly Home Students) can attend social/society stuff, and Guild Council. For Fell
18c) Book Exchange
Deferred from June Guild Council
Try and set up a formal book exchange system for 2nd hand books for students of the school of English, Drama and American & Canadian studies.Amended n/a Deferred to next Council
18d) Free Fab
Deferred from June Guild Council
Remove guest list (and +1) entry for Sabbatical officers to ticketed events run by the Guild. Against  Fell
18e) Love your officers
Deferred from June Guild Council
Bring back commendations (analogous to Guild Council reprimands but positive) for Guild Officers who have done good.Amended n/a Deferred to next Council
18f) SGC composition Remove the Guild’s Vice President  of Democracy & Resources (VPDR) from the Student Groups Committee (who ratify societies/pass penalties against them etc.) and replace them with another elected student.Amended: Don’t remove VPDR, but have more elected students still. n/a Deferred to next Council
18g) Keeping Fab Cool Survey Guild venues staff about how temperature/humidity affects their comfort while working; addressing any issues that come up from responses. n/a Passed(without discussion)
18h) One Last Chance Take Virgin Media off the Guild’s blacklist (they were put there for poor quality service) and put it on a probationary period (in light of improved service recently) and allowing them to engage with students in the Guild. n/a Passed(without discussion)
18i) Act on the EEP Policy Guild to implement their Ethical, Environmental and Procurement Policy more comprehensively, and to appoint a Director for Sustainable Business. n/a Passed(without discussion)
18j) Support the Fossil Free campaign Guild to support the Fossil Free campaign which aims to get institutions to invest in more environmentally friendly/sustainable options.To ensure that the Guild invests out of fossil fuels where possible, and instead invest in low-carbon technologies and companies n/a Deferred to next Council
18k) More money, less CO2 To conduct an energy efficiency audit of the Guild and look into investing Guild’s reserves into recommended actions of the audit. n/a Passed(without discussion)
18l) Commitment to the Living Wage Guild officers to re-commit to implementing the Living Wage for all Guild staff (motion was passed in support of this in a Council last year) and actively work towards implementing it.Amended n/a Deferred to next Council
18m) Students Rights and Islamophobia motion Guild and University to publically condemn the Student Rights ‘anti-extremism’ pressure group for their Islamophobic and politicised agenda.
To support the counter Real Student Rights campaign.
n/a Motion was withdrawn for legal reasons
18n) G4S Guild to oppose the University’s contract(s) with security company G4S for the latter’s reported complicity in human rights abuses and their incompetence.Lobby for University to exclude G4S from future contracts. n/a Deferred to next Council
18o) Removal of Senior Management Team Guild officers to remove Senior Management Team of the Guild (who are non-students, non-elected, and sit above the officers in running the Guild) and replace them with a team that works under the Officers and Guild Council, so that the Guild can become truly student-led. n/a Deferred to next Council
18p) Supporting Student Campaigns Guild should facilitate and support external/national campaigns (namely the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts) by offering the Guild’s services for internal (student-rate) fees. n/a Deferred to next Council
18q) Supporting a National Movement Guild will provide reduced-price spaces and support national campaigns that campaigns that align with Guild’s policies and priorities. n/a Deferred to next Council
18r) Priority Campaigns and Meeting Guild to run a priority campaign each year, campaigned for and voted on by students at an annual meeting. Lesser-priority informal ‘discussion points’ can be voted on too. n/a Passed(without discussion)
18s) Guild TV Guild Council For Council to be streamed and recordings stored, with no ‘dead zones’ in the recording – because these dead zones break up the flow of the recording. n/a Deferred to next Council

18a) I voted Against this because it seemed that this motion was based on the idea that simply having members of Liberation Associations there in Guild Council was an adequate way to address their under-representation there; I disagree and think it’s necessary to have distinctly Liberation politics and perspectives brought into Council if anything genuinely positive is to come about from the introduction of reserved Liberation places – something having anonymity wouldn’t really allow.
While I understand that ‘coming out’ is a sensitive issue for LGBTQ and Disabled students in particular, that the LGBTQ Officer echoed the above ^^ was enough to convince me to vote against here.

18b) I voted For this because it seemed fair enough. A few Home student BEMA peeps had been complaining about being unable to engage with the Guild’s services because they had to make their way home.
General feeling from other Councillors was that the motion content didn’t really align with the proposer’s plans for it, and on its own wasn’t strong enough to be worth Guild officer time.

18d) I voted Against there because it seemed a bit mean to take away free Officer access to all ticketed Guild events (as was to be the case; not just for Fab).
Plus some Officers mentioned that it was part of other mandates to be present at some of these events as well.

Censures and Reprimands
(used for Officer accountability/disciplinary;
3 Reprimands = 1 Censure
3 Censures = Automatic Vote of No Confidence in Officer)

VPHC (Housing and Community) – Censure proposed for breaking mandate by not consulting Liberation Associations during revision of Resident Associations (RA) scheme for Halls during summer.
VPHC in his defence said that under the circumstances/heavy pressure he was put under by the University with the revisions over summer, what he managed to save from the RA scheme was significant in itself.
I voted For the censure; censure Fell.

VPDR (Democracy & Resources) – Reprimand proposed for poor communications during recent Guild elections (for Guild Councillors etc.), which may have contributed to low voter turnout. Also for massive delays in releasing results.
VPDR apologised said that there were significant problems with the new voting system introduced, and much of the voting period was spent by him on those problems and communications suffered.
I voted Against this reprimand; reprimand Passed.

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