The UCU has posted nothing further on its website since 28 September when its report "Israel boycott illegal and cannot be implemented, UCU tells members" went up (see last FFIPP-UK mailing).
The UCU left has posted two comments on its website:
(a) A 'Public statement by six members of Strategy & Finance Committee (Maire Daley, Maeve Landman, Steve Reid, Sasha Callaghan, Neil Williamson, Caroline Gray)' as to why they felt obliged to support the legal
recommendation to suspend the autumn tour. [posted 8th October 2007 - at http://www.uculeft.devisland.net/sfc-six-statement.html ]
(b) 'UCU Left - Statement on UCU and Palestine Solidarity' [posted 12th October 2007 - at
http://www.uculeft.devisland.net/boycott-discussion-statement.html ] This makes it clear that the tour of Palestinian academics has not been canceled as earlier reports suggested. It will apparently take place before the next UCU conference in May 2008.
This statement stresses that: 'We should be very clear that the legal advice only specified that organising a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and using union finances or other resources to consult members on a boycott was not legal.' It calls on branches and local associations to 'organise meetings on Palestine calling for direct solidarity with Palestinian educational unions and institutions as soon as possible'.
For those who are unaware of it, the UCU Left describes itself as 'a national organisation of University and College Union activists. It is committed to ensuring that the new union has a democratic structure through which members can determine policy, and elected officers and professional officials can be held accountable. It seeks to defend educational equality, and to oppose the consequences of neo-liberal marketisation. It is opposed to all forms of racism, sexism, oppression and imperialism. It had previously issued a very useful "Statement on the 'Academic Boycott'" on 13th June, discussing the issues at stake and stating candidly that: 'UCU Left does not have an agreed position on the question of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.'