Here are the motions which are coming up at Guild Council on Thursday:
a) For the February National Convention against tuition fees and cuts to higher education to be advertised and transport organised within the Guild and on my.bham, and for Brigid Jones and other members of the council to attend and report back.
b) To sign the pledge against sourcing minerals from the Congo and lobby the University and electronics firms to do the same. For more on the ratinale behind this see http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/conflictminerals_pledge This motion may prove controversial with students who are hoping for a career in electronics, or those who consider global conflict issues to be outside our remit.
c) For Fairtrade Fortnight 22nd February – 7th March to be observed this year and every year by the Guild, through quizzes, events and promotion of fairtrade drinks in Joes.
d) For fairtrade products to be promoted to a greater extent in general.
e) For mitigations to be extended to those who have trouble attending their classes at Birmingham University due to visa delays.
f) For the student body to have a say on the democratic structures within the Guild through a referendum.
I have the option to star any of them (ask to have them discussed), and essentially vote yes or no. I can also make speeches in favour or in opposition oif any, and submit my own motions. I’m there on behalf of you guys, so let me know what you want me to do!
Suzy (BULS Guild Councillor)