Voting intention for Guild Council 12/12/2013


Here’s how I intend to vote at the December Guild Council tomorrow on behalf of BEMA.

Because of the time-limit on Councils, alot of the motions have been deferred from last Council to this one.
A few have been amended since November though, and so my voting intentions have changed for a few.

If you have any input, issues or other views on the motions or my intentions/ that you want shared at Council, let me know at

Guild Council is open to all members of the Guild, and takes place from 6-10:45pm on Thursday the 12th of November in the Guild Council Chambers (1st floor of the Guild).
It will also be streamed live by GTV (Guild TV) and be tracked by Redbrick.



Motion title Motion summary My voting intention
13a) Book Exchange
Deferred from November 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. For
13b) Love your officers
Deferred from November Guild Council
Bring back commendations (analogous to Guild Council reprimands but positive) for Guild Officers who have done good.
Amended: Time limit of 15 minutes for the commendations part of Council.

With the time limit to make sure it doesn’t take up too much Council time, this sounds cool.

13c) SGC composition

Deferred from November Guild Council

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: Keep VPDR, remain with 3 elected students but have them be student group committee members rather than from Guild Council.


Was unsure before about having the VPDR removed, but this as amended makes sense.

13d) Support the Fossil Free campaign
Deferred from November Guild Council
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



Again: too much Shell and BP at this University for comfort.

13e) Commitment to the Living Wage
Deferred from November Guild Council
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. For
13f) G4S
Deferred from November Guild Council
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.



The Guild/University shouldn’t be engaging with companies with as poor a regard for human rights and ethics as G4S.

13g) Removal of Senior Management Team
Deferred from November Guild Council
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. For


Guild management have too much say over the Guild’s direction as it is.

13h) Supporting Student Campaigns
Deferred from November Guild Council
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. For


Would be good to have other national student groups supported by the Guild where their aims align too.

13i) Supporting a National Movement
Deferred from November Guild Council
Guild will provide reduced-price spaces and support national campaigns that campaigns that align with Guild’s policies and priorities. For
13j) Guild TV Guild Council
Deferred from November 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.


Guild Councils were streamed online for the first times over the course of last year, to open up the process to those who couldn’t/didn’t want to come to Council physically.

This was voted on at Council with the assurance that there would be a dead zone area where people would not be filmed if they didn’t feel comfortable expressing themselves for a recording.

This motion looks to take that away and that’s a bit crap.

13k) Beliefs and Committments Guild’s Beliefs and Commitments document (which are updated throughout the year via Council motions) to be ratified at the first Council of each year (by a supermajority vote of 2/3rds). Against

Each Belief and Commitment has already been reviewed, debated and passed by Guild Council with all the democratic legitimacy it has.

Introducing this is unnecessary and allows a minority of Council to overturn earlier Council decisions because the supermajority requirement.

13l) Swearing Ban swearing from speeches in Guild Council (because some groups find this particularly offensive) and have those swearing subject to Council disciplinary. Against


Rationale is decent enough but too hardline, maybe just that unnecessary swearing should (continue to be) discouraged.

Also cos i’m a Londoner.

13m) Payday lenders Ban payday lenders (e.g. Wonga) from advertising to students on campus/campus computers;

set up a credit union to support students in financial need.

13n) GC documents Guild Council papers + motion summaries to be emailed out to all students/constituent. For
13o) Subtv motion Making sure music control is enabled so that students can submit choices/vote for the music that plays on Subtv (on the screens in/around Joe’s) For
13p) Rue Britannia For the Guild to not engage professionally with Britannia Property Services in Selly Oak because the number of complaints and issues with that agent. For
13q) Guild Development Forum To abandon the Guild Development Forum Facebook group because people keep fighting there.

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