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The UCU rethinks Ukraine and there’s more trouble ahead over pensions

“Solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” the general secretary of the University and College Union tweeted yesterday. There seems to have been some soul searching in Carlow Street.

On Tuesday, we brought you details of a motion that had been debated and passed at the UCU’s annual congress over the weekend, which called on the UK government to stop funding the Ukrainian war effort in the face of the Russian invasion. The motion, which noted that “Volodymyr Zelensky says he wants Ukraine to become a ‘big Israel’—an armed, illiberal outpost of US imperialism”, was passed by 130 votes to 121, with 37 abstentions.

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