More on UCU: contrast what happened with the Scottish TUC Congress last month. There a terrible motion on Ukraine was submitted. The STUC leadership took responsibility, opposed it and put forward an alternative.
In UCU it was very different...
Strong support for #Ukraine passes overwhelmingly at @ScottishTUC congress #STUC23, with General Council motion passed. Equivocating one falls.
As also shown at NEU conference, labour movt support for Ukraine. Let's continue to build and turn this into more active solidarity. twitter.com/UkraineSol/sta…
In UCU the National Executive passed a Ukraine solidarity motion to go to the Congress (which was passed, sadly alongside the STW one), as a result of an initiative by principled left-wingers on the NEC. But the top leadership took no interest in the question and said nothing.
They continued to say nothing while the principled internationalist left battled against Stop the War.
So not just in the sense that it's their union but in the sense that they did nothing about fighting this the UCU top leadership must take responsibility.
The first thing they should do is link up with us to promote the pro-active solidarity advocated in the NEC motion to Congress.
But they should also acknowledge they should have fought Stop the War.
The vote was 130-121. If they had fought it seems likely STW would have lost.
Ukraine Solidarity Campaign
We should mention some of the comrades who fought on the UCU NEC and at the Congress for a principled left pro-Ukraine stance. Many comrades but particular mention to @zenscara, Liz Lawrence, @nat_tko and @drrhianelinor. (Vicky and Rhian currently sit on the NEC.) Also @leedsucu Vicky and Liz are both former Presidents of UCU (Vicky last year).
And we want to say which comrades led the internationalist fight:
We should mention some of the comrades who fought on the UCU NEC and at the Congress for a principled left pro-Ukraine stance. Many comrades but particular mention to @zenscara, Liz Lawrence, @nat_tko and @drrhianelinor. (Vicky and Rhian currently sit on the NEC.) Also @leedsucu
Mason doing a hatchet job on the person who proposed the motion:
The speaker at @ucu conference who proposed the resolution against sending arms to Ukraine supports Socialist Appeal. Here's what they really think: 1/ Zelensky caused the war by listening too much to Ukrianian fascists... and it gets much worse ....
2/ Russia is certain to win. Because dialectics and the "superior general staff" (this from Clausewiczian genius Alan Woods who said the attack in Kyiv was a "feint" after it failed) ... and don't worry it gets worse than this....
3/ And of course Bucha was a propaganda job by Ukraine .... yes that's the people who chalked up victory at thr @ucu
4/ and they deliberately ignore the Genocide Convention criteria to state that the casualty numbers mean accusations of Russian genocide are wrong ... (ignoring intent, sexual violence etc)...
On April 2022 were salivating at the prospect of Russia encircling UA troops in Donbas...they're not salivating now ✊🏼🚩... and here's why their real position matters... 5/...
6/6 This is how it works: shill for the Kremlin, add some Marxoid claptrap for members of the cult, deny genocide...but for the @ucu delegates just wrap it all up in pacifism and "both sides" with a bit of anti-Israel stuff thrown in ... as below. It's a political technique that, if it was an academic paper, would get a fail. But a slim majority fell for it.