In the recent University and College Union election for General Secretary, on a 12.7 per cent turnout, Sally Hunt got 73 per cent of the votes, against the ultra left candidate’s 27 per cent. Do the maths: 27 per cent of 12.7 per cent equals 3.5 per cent – which the ultra left called a “big” vote. What would they call a small vote?
Candidates opposed to the ultra left won 26 of the 37 NEC places up for election, giving them a 39-30 majority.
In the March ballot on changes to the union, the turnout far exceeded that in recent elections. The results were:
The overwhelming majority of branches in all sectors voted to support all three proposals. Support was also above 75 per cent in every UCU electoral region. ■