5 Council meetings in and it would be fair to say that this year many positive changes have been possible because of the motions passed so far. 100% of the motions were passed last night, one with an amendment and one with 100% Yes!
- Hannah Fitzpatrick, proposer of the menstrual care bins in all toilets motion, tweeted 'Shout out to #NUSUCouncil for giving 100% yes vote to my sanitary bins in all bathrooms in the Union. Next step is to lobby the university to do the same!'
- If a student who has been allocated a casual voting place does not turn up to the Council meeting their voting place can now be re-distributed to other students in attendance. Rebecca Bainbridge's motion passing means that a more flexible approach can be taking to the casual voting system and that is always welcome!
- Student safety was at the top of the list when Ronnie Reid submitted the Wellington Street closure motion. This passed meaning that Ronnie will have student backing when taking the discussions further with the City Council.
- The Living Wage Foundation accreditation motion did pass but not in its original version. Ronnie Reid noted that mandating NUSU to accredit to the foundation would not be financially possible and that the motion would be stronger with the amendment of NUSU reviewing the possibility. The motion passed with the amendment and discussions will begin with the University to start the process of looking into the foundation and accreditation.