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June 24th, 2011:

******* IfL BALLOT RESULT ******

Message from Sally Hunt!

Dear colleague,

I wanted
to write to tell you the result of the referendum held by UCU on the proposed
new fees for the Institute for Learning (IFL).

The
result was as follows:

Number
of eligible voters: 34,505

Total
number of votes cast: 11,178 (32.4%)

Number
voting Yes (we should accept these proposals for a two year settlement) 3,297
(29.51%)

Number
voting No (we should reject and conduct an industrial action ballot to boycott
fees) 7,877 (70.49%)

It is
worth noting that, even at this busy time of the year for teaching staff, the
turnout for this vote has been substantial.  In fact turnout exceeded even
recent national votes on pensions and pay, reflecting its importance to UCU
members.

From my
postbag over the past few weeks I know that you have appreciated the efforts of
UCU’s negotiators to win concessions. However, it is clear that IFL has a
massive credibility problem across the sector which is impossible to get away
from.

In fact,
many of you contacted me during the ballot to say that IFL does little if
anything to support your professional development and that, for the majority of
you, any charge for its services would be too much.

The next
step is clear. The union will now make preparations to ballot members on
industrial action in the form of a collective boycott of the IFL.

In the
meantime I will communicate the result to IFL and the union will redouble our
efforts to achieve a just and fair solution for members.

To win
this battle we will have to turn the strength of feeling against IFL into an overwhelming
vote for boycott. I have no doubt that together we can do that.

For the
avoidance of doubt, UCU members should not pay their IFL fees until further
notice.

Thank
you for your support.

Sally.