NCAFC Scotland Conference Motions and Amendments

Debating Procedures

Secretariat

Standing Orders and Debating Procedure

Conference procedures

The Secretariat is responsible for allocating chairs to democratic sessions and for running the debates, including procedural motions and compositing. They sit near the chair, and may not vote.
The debating procedure is as follows:
1. A proposing speech for the motion
2. Debates on any amendments to the main motion, which follow the procedure in 1, 3, 4, 5 and 3. An equally timed opposing speech against the motion
4. Further debate at the chair’s discretion until the debate is balanced
5. Parts procedure
6. Summations may be heard at the chair’s discretion and if there is time.
7. A vote. If the chair deems that there is a clear majority, they may declare the motion passed or fallen. If the chair cannot call the vote, the vote must be counted by the Secretariat, who may ask for assistance from members of the SC.

The parts procedure is as follows:
-          Any member in attendance may call for parts by specifying them in writing to the chair
-          The parts may be to REMOVE or PASS any part of any motion or amendment
-          The chair shall call one timed speech in favour of the parts (property of their proposer) and one equally timed speech against. They may call more if the debate is contentious and there is time.

Procedural motions are as follows
1. A challenge to the chair’s ruling on a vote: if this passes a revote on the motion or amendment will be held without further debate.
2. A call for a revote on any given amendment or motion: if this passes a revote on the motion or amendment will be held without further debate.
3. A call for a recount on any given amendment or motion: if this passes a count will take place again.
4. A call for more speeches on any given amendment or motion: if this passes, another round of speeches will be held. (The chair may also accept this motion without a vote).
5. No confidence in the Chair: if this passes, a new Chair will be elected from the floor by show of hands.
6. A call for a suspension of procedural motions: if this passes, no procedural motions may be proposed other than motion 8.
7. A call for a change in the agenda: if this passes, the agenda will be amended accordingly.
8. A reinstatement of procedural motions: if this passes, the outcome of motion 6 is reversed.
9. A call for an up or down vote: if passed all procedural motions are temporarily suspended and a vote is called on the motion as it stands.

Procedural motions take precedence over the debating procedure. They can be proposed by any conference attendee.  In the case of motion 5, the Chair will vacate, and the debate will be chaired by a member of the Secretariat.

Elections at conference
The following elections shall take place at conference:

  • Elections for the Scottish Committee
  • Elections in autonomous caucuses

The Secretariat have responsibility for co-ordinating non-autonomous elections at conference, and appointing a Returning Officer or returning Officers. Returning Officers have responsibility for running and announcing elections at conference, and may not run for election themselves.

The elections for non-autonomous elections shall be held as follows:
-          Candidates must nominate themselves by a set deadline
-          Candidates running for the same position shall be given the same allocated hustings length
-          The voting system shall be Single Transferable Vote
-          If a gender quota system is in place, ballots will be counted regardless of it in the first instance. The lowest ordinarily elected non-quota candidates will then be excluded from the count, and candidates on the quota promoted, until the quota has been satisfied.

Liberation, section and regional caucuses shall hold elections for their positions as follows:
-          Elections must be held at every conference. (Caucuses may also hold additional elections at training caucuses if they vote to do so).
-          Elections shall be run by an appointee of the caucus.
-          Candidates shall make elections speeches, and have equal time allocated
-          Elections may be approved by show of hands if any position is uncontested; if not, Alternative Vote must be used

Proposed NCAFC Scotland Constitution

NCAFC Scotland Provisional Organising Committee

NCAFC Scotland notes:

  1. That the NCAFC Scotland Conference has been organised by members of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts to:
    1. Allow NCAFC members based in Scotland to organize within the region;
    2. Ensure that NCAFC adequately incorporates the specific circumstances in Scotland when pursuing national objectives;
  2. That the voting attendance of NCAFC Scotland comprises only members of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

NCAFC Scotland believes:

  1. That NCAFC Scotland should function simply as a branch of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
  2. That NCAFC Scotland does not need a constitution of its own, as it is not a separate organisation from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
  3. That, despite this, policy to define the remit of NCAFC Scotland should be decided by this conference in order to establish the organisational and democratic structures of NCAFC Scotland, and its relationships with the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
  4. That these democratic structures and role definitions should mirror, as closely as possible, those of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts to ensure structural unity.

NCAFC Scotland resolves:

  1. To adopt Section 1 of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts Constitution as a working definition of the aims and beliefs of NCAFC Scotland (see Appendix 1).
  2. To adopt the following as a document of reference for the functioning of NCAFC Scotland:

Section 1. Purpose

NCAFC Scotland exists to:

  • Further the goals of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) in Scotland;
  • Ensure that NCAFC adequately incorporates the specific circumstances in Scotland when pursuing national objectives.

Section 2: Membership and affiliations

A. Membership

  1. Membership of NCAFC is defined in the NCAFC constitution.
  2. Scottish Members are defined as NCAFC members who live in or study in Scotland.
  3. Being a Scottish Member of NCAFC give you the right to:
    1. Attend and speak at NCAFC Scotland Conferences
    2. Vote on proposals and in elections at NCAFC Scotland Conferences
    3. Stand for election at NCAFC Scotland Conference and its autonomous caucuses
    4. Submit amendments to proposals at NCAFC Scotland Conferences
    5. Scottish Members will also be put on a regular bulletin email, and will get updates from the campaign on a regular basis
  4. All Scottish Members must be members of NCAFC, loss of the latter status means loss of the former.

B. Affiliated Groups

  1. Any group based in Scotland which is affiliated to NCAFC is considered also be affiliated to NCAFC Scotland.

Section 3. Structures of NCAFC Scotland

A. Conference

  1. NCAFC Scotland Conferences shall be open to all members of NCAFC but voting and speaking rights in elections and policy setting shall be reserved to Scottish Members;
  2. NCAFC Scotland Conference shall act with the power of NCAFC Conference in matters relating to Scotland or NCAFC Scotland.;
  3. Policy set by NCAFC Scotland Conference must be ratified by NCAFC Conference, or NCAFC NC acting in place of Conference, to ensure that it does not contradict NCAFC policy;
  4. The procedures and standing orders for calling an NCAFC Scotland Conference and setting its agenda shall be identical to those of calling an NCAFC Conference with the following exception:
    1. The NCAFC Scottish Committee (SC) shall act where the National Committee (NC) would at NCAFC Conference;
  5. There shall be at least one NCAFC Scotland Conference every 12 months.

B.  The Scottish Committee (SC)

  1. The SC is elected at every NCAFC Scotland Conference, and is responsible for co-ordinating NCAFC Scotland’s political work. It acts on behalf of NCAFC Scotland Conference between conferences.
  2. Members of the SC are expected to support NCAFC and NCAFC Scotland’s projects.
  3. The Scottish Committee consists of:
    1. 6 members elected by single transferable vote (with 50% reserved for women)
    2. 1 voting representative for each Liberation Campaign
  4. Liberation campaigns are national self-organising groups. They may choose to elect their representative on the SC at NCAFC Scotland Conference or elsewhere.
  5. Any NCAFC Scotland member may attend SC meetings, and the SC can invite others if it wishes to. The SC can establish working groups of whoever it wants to take on various projects.

Section 4. Alterations
Only NCAFC Scotland Conference may amend the NCAFC Scotland document of reference (with a two thirds majority) though this is subject to the approval of the NC to ensure that NCAFC Scotland’s processes are congruent with NCAFC’s as a whole.

Section 5. Other matters
Unless stated otherwise in this document, NCAFC Scotland events and processes will be run according to the NCAFC Constitution.

Amendment 1
Hannah Louise Wright
REPLACE Resolves 2 Section 3 Point B3.1 WITH “6 members elected by single transferable vote (with 50% reserved for women and 50% open to all Scottish members)”

Amendment 2
Sarah Jones

REPLACE Notes A.1 WITH
“Allow NCAFC members based in Scotland to organise throughout the country;”

Amendment 3
Sarah Jones

Secretariat Note: The changes proposed by this amendment to the document of reference contradict the NCAFC Constitution. Therefore, should this amendment be accepted by conference, the body of the motion shall change but the document of reference shall remain unaffected unless NCAFC UK Conference accepts a number of changes to its constitution. Should this amendment pass the Secretariat shall propose these changes to the NCAFC Constitution and shall implement this amendment in the document of reference should NCAFC UK accept the changes.

REPLACE Believes 1 WITH
“That NCAFC Scotland should function as an autonomous section of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts”

REPLACE Believes 2 WITH
“That NCAFC Scotland takes on the constitution of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts but may edit or add to it where NCAFC Scotland conference decides it necessary”

REPLACE Believes 3 WITH
“Policy to define the remit of NCAFC Scotland should be decided by this conference in order to establish the organisational and democratic structures of NCAFC Scotland, and its relationships with the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.”

REPLACE Resolves 2 Section 3 Point A.3 WITH
“NCAFC Scotland is an autonomous part of NCAFC and in regards to matters concerning Scotland makes and ratifies its own policies. The Scottish Committee will ensure that policies do not contradict UK wide NCAFC policy”

REPLACE Resolves 2 Section 4 WITH
“Only NCAFC Scotland Conference may amend the NCAFC Scotland document of reference (with a simple majority) though this is subject to the approval of the SC to ensure that NCAFC Scotland’s processes are congruent with NCAFC’s as a whole.”

ADD Resolves 3
“To mandate the Secretariat to draft suitable amendments to the NCAFC Constitution, to be proposed to NCAFC Conference, to allow for this motion to be implemented.”

Appendix 1: National Campaign against Fees and Cuts Constitution

Section 1: What we stand for
We want schools, colleges, universities and research institutions and the work they do to be public, democratic, open and accessible to all, and to be oriented towards free enquiry, the needs and interests of society, and liberation from existing hierarchies and oppressions. We reject the idea that private profit, exploitation and marketization can bring the education system any benefit, and we unite to resist the neoliberal assault on education and research and to defend the concepts of education and research as social goods.
This is inevitably an incomplete set of goals, but it forms our common ground as activists in education and research.
We seek:

  • The abolition of all fees in higher and further education and the abolition of all student debt owed.
  • The reversal of all budget cuts to education and research.
  • An adequate maintenance grant to allow every student over 16 to live independently, out of poverty.
  • Free care services and additional maintenance support for every student with one or more dependents.
  • A living wage, a safe workplace, a live-able pension, holiday pay, sick pay and a maximum 35 hour week for every education and research worker, every apprentice and every intern, with an end to privatisation and outsourcing in our institutions.
  • Recognition of research students as workers as well as students, with associated rights to limited hours, minimum pay, healthy and safe workplaces, holidays, sick leave, academic freedom, and protection from harassment and unfair dismissal.
  • An end to racist, xenophobic and discriminatory treatment of international students. Abolish international fees, open the borders and end surveillance.
  • An academic environment that is feminist, pro-LBGTQ, anti-racist and anti-ableist, and that actively works against oppression and for inclusion.
  • Campuses safe from surveillance and harassment on grounds of religious and political beliefs. Police off our campuses, and an end to the use of education workers to enforce police and immigration controls and surveillance.
  • Academic freedom for all – freedom to teach, learn, enquire and publish must not be limited by, or subject to, the goals of the state or those of the owners of industry.
  • All schools, colleges and universities to be run not-for-profit under the full and democratic control of their staff, students and communities, including all currently private and profit-making institutions. The abolition of unelected, unaccountable management.
  • Knowledge open to all – our lectures, museums, books and journals must be accessible to all, free of charge, to create truly open, common and public educational institutions.
  • An end to investment in and links with exploitative, unsustainable and violent industries, including the arms trade – education must not be founded on the suffering of others.
  • These are to be funded using the wealth of those who can afford it: we demand progressive and fully enforced taxation of business and the rich, and the socialisation, under democratic student and worker control, of currently privatised elements of the education system.
  • Sustainable education and research – our institutions must function in an environmentally sustainable way, and their activity must contribute in theory and in practice to forward-thinking, socially just solutions to local and global threats and crises such as climate change.

We will organise in our classrooms, libraries and laboratories, and in our workplaces, our communities and the streets. We will organise through democratic assemblies at the lowest possible levels. We will demonstrate, we will lobby, and we will take direct action and industrial action. We will build solidarity and cooperation between students, workers and the unemployed. We will seek to dismantle, rather than perpetuate, existing oppressions and hierarchies within our communities and campaigns. We will not relent and we do not seek merely to register our dissatisfaction – we will settle for nothing less than free and emancipatory education and decent living standards for all, whether it takes months, or decades.

Support Rape Crisis Centers

NCAFC Edinburgh

NCAFC Scotland notes:

  1. That women are being disproportionately hurt by the government’s neoliberal agenda;
  2. That women are systematically disadvantaged in our society;
  3. That Rape Crisis Edinburgh are facing huge cuts in funding which may result in closure;
  4. That this will leave hundreds of women vulnerable, with nowhere to go, trapped in abusive environments;
  5. That NUS’s hidden marks campaign last year revealed 1 in 7 students are sexually harassed/assaulted/abused and raped.

NCAFC Scotland believes:

  1. That funding for such vital services should never be cut;
  2. That abuse and rape survivors need and deserve support;
  3. That abuse and rape victims should never be trapped in dangerous situations;
  4. That destroying patriarchy is an important part of destroying capitalism;
  5. That direct action gets the goods.

NCAFC Scotland resolves:

  1. To call for direct action to help save Rape Crisis Edinburgh;
  2. To publish a leaflet on how to carry out direct action;
  3. To write a letter of solidarity to Rape Crisis Edinburgh.

Amendment 1
Hannah Louise Wright

REPLACE Believes 4 WITH
“That destroying patriarchy is an important part of destroying capitalism as well as vitally important in it’s own right;”

Amendment 2
Hannah Louise Wright

REPLACE Believes 5 WITH
“That direct action is the best method of challenging this attack on vital support services”

Amendment 3
Clopin Meehan

REPLACE Notes 3 WITH
“That Rape Crisis Edinburgh, Glasgow Rape Crisis and Archway Glasgow are facing huge cuts in funding which may result in closure;”

REPLACE Resolves 1 WITH
“To call for direct action to help save Rape Crisis Edinburgh, and Glasgow centres, on the proviso that Rape Crisis Edinburgh and Glasgow centres consent to their respective actions;”

REPLACE Resolves 3 WITH
“To write a letter of solidarity to Rape Crisis Edinburgh, Glasgow Rape Crisis and Archway Glasgow.”

Amendment 4
Clopin Meehan

REPLACE Notes 5 WITH
“That NUS’s hidden marks campaign last year revealed 1 in 7 women students are sexually harassed/assaulted/abused and raped.”

Fuel Poverty

Glasgow University Coalition of Resistance

NCAFC Scotland notes:

  1. That fuel poverty is a pressing issue not only for pensioners, but for huge sections of society; including students, low paid workers, the unemployed and those on benefits;
  2. Since their introduction, pre­pay gas and electricity meters have been little more than a tax on the most vulnerable sectors of society, who are transferred to the meter system if they are unable to pay their bills;
  3. Failing to top up means being cut off from all energy supplies in the home – such as heating, cooking appliances and even lighting;
  4. Statistics last year show that one in three Scottish families are in fuel poverty, and in 2010 around 13% of people in the UK were on pre­pay meters;
  5. The recent price hikes instigated by the ‘Big Six’ energy companies – British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, npower, Scottish Power and SSE – have seen bills rise as much as 11%, despite these companies posting significant profits in the past financial year;
  6. Campaign 250 has been instrumental in uniting members of the community in opposition to the price hikes;
  7. Campaign 250 has called for the abolition of pre­pay meters in addition to a £250 winter fuel allowance for those most affected by fuel poverty;
  8. Glasgow University Coalition of Resistance has been responsible for organising a campaign on campus which last December resulted in a demonstration outside Big Six member SSE’s Glasgow Headquarters; closing it down for several hours.

NCAFC Scotland believes:

  1. The consequences of such rises, coupled with an austerity agenda slashing benefits and raising fees means that more than ever before people will face the choice of whether to eat or to heat their homes;
  2. As a result of the above, the amount of people who will be cut off and placed on meters will skyrocket;
  3. Campaigns linking students with wider sections of the community have not only shown concrete results in the past, but are vital in order to combat the harsh austerity agenda instigated by the ConDem government.

Conference resolves to:

  1. To affiliate itself to Campaign 250 nationally;
  2. To release a statement condemning the rise in prices by the Big Six energy providers, and call for the prices rises to be rolled back;
  3. To actively campaign for an end to pre­pay meters by energy companies;
  4. To support the call for a £250 winter fuel allowance for pensioners, the unemployed, benefit recipients, low­ paid workers and students;
  5. To actively campaign on campuses, student unions and the wider community on the issue of fuel poverty.

 

Unite The Union

Glasgow university Coalition of Resistance

NCAFC Scotland Notes:

  1. Unite the Union has recently set up and invested resources into building community branches in Scotland;
  2. These branches have been active in fighting against welfare reforms and cuts taking effect locally as the result of Coalition policies;
  3. Students are also members of the community and are increasingly feeling the effect of Government spending cuts to local services and the welfare state including the NHS, welfare reform and university spending;
  4. For many students it has become the norm to work whilst at university in an attempt to support their studies, many of whom work in part-time jobs which currently offer little union representation;
  5. Students are often regarded as expendable and in many cases are fixed to zero-hour contacts.

NCAFC Scotland believes:

  1. In order to help mount a serious fightback against austerity, it is vital that NCAFC takes an active role in supporting community initiatives of which students play a part in.

NCAFC Scotland resolves:

  1. Commit to support and work with Unite the Union’s Community Membership, a membership that is open to unemployed people, FE and Higher Education students and students who are working part time to support themselves;
  2. Support the formation of student branches at universities and colleges where feasible;
  3. Encourage working students to join Unite the Union or other relevant trade unions;
  4. Inform students of their rights in the workplace and in any issues regarding tenancy with the goal of empowering them to campaign around these issues and other issues which affect their wider communities;
  5. Work together with other Community Membership branches in Scotland to support campaigns and achieve mutual aims.

Independence

International Socialist Group

NCAFC Scotland notes:

  1. Decisions about education cuts and fees in Scotland are made in Holyrood;
  2. Lamont’s attacks on universal benefits have moved Scottish Labour even closer to the Westminster austerity consensus, and they are now positioned to the right of the Scottish Government on almost every political issue;
  3. One of the main debates in the 2014 independence referendum is about how to save the welfare state, which is being dismantled by the austerity regime in all parts of Britain;
  4. The Radical Independence Conference, attended by over 900, was the largest anti-austerity, anti-imperialist Left unity conference in Scotland for decades.

NCAFC Scotland believes:

  1. There is a different pace of events in Scotland to England, and the Left in Scotland will pursue a conservative strategy if it waits for action in England before coordinating and acting itself;
  2. Coordination and solidarity between Scottish and RUK students is absolutely fundamental, and both groups must move to greater European and global coordination;
  3. We need to work for free education with students from all political parties if they are committed to opposing all cuts and fees;
  4. A victory for Better Together would be a victory for the most reactionary sectors of Scottish society and the austerity agenda in Westminster;
  5. The Scottish Left cannot stand aside from the debate on independence, because the debate offers a crucial opportunity in the short-medium term to put issues like the £80 billion waste of money on Trident on the table, which could reinvigorate anti-cuts politics.

NCAFC Scotland resolves:

  1. To declare support for Scottish independence;
  2. To encourage a debate inside National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland on how independence could create a new deal for students and workers, and lobby for a pro-independence policy in NUS Scotland;
  3. To affiliate to the Radical Independence Campaign and other groups, particularly the anti-Trident national demo in April 13-15;
  4. To encourage joint moves towards RUK, pan-European, and global networks of resistance.

Amendment 1
Sarah Jones

REPLACE Notes 4 WITH
“The Radical Independence Conference, attended by over 900, was one of the largest anti-austerity conferences in Scotland for decades.”

REPLACE Believes 5 WITH
“It is important that the Scottish Left should use the independence referendum, as such a high profile event, to highlight short-medium term goals like the £80 billion waste of money on Trident on the table and other failures of Westminster policy, which may help to reinvigorate anti-cuts politics.”

Amendment 2
Sarah Jones

DELETE Believes 4

Amendment 3
Sarah Jones

REPLACE Resolves 1 WITH
“To take no official position on independence;”

REPLACE Resolves 2 WITH
“To encourage a debate inside National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland and other student unions on how students can use the independence referendum to push for a new deal for students and workers and achieve more social democratic reforms;”

REPLACE Resolves 3 WITH
“To work with Radical Independence Campaign and other groups, particularly the anti-Trident national demo in April 13-15 to push forward these issues.”

Amendment 4
Robert Henthorn

REPLACE Resolves 3 WITH
“To encourage and support activist groups to be active within pro-independence campaigns, with the express purpose of fighting for the aims and beliefs of NCAFC as a positive vision for independence;”

NUS Scotland and NCAFC Scotland

NCAFC Edinburgh

NCAFC Scotland notes:

  1. The National Union of Students Scotland is a representative body for students across the whole of Scotland;
  2. That NUS Scotland is an active and political body which has achieved secured notable victories;
  3. That NUS Scotland is fundamentally a lobbyist organisation;
  4. That a number of Universities and Colleges in Scotland are unaffiliated to NUS Scotland;
  5. That often NUS Scotland election campaigns are based on personal friendships rather than political affiliations.

NCAFC Scotland believes:

  1. That active engagement in currently existing structures is vital for a movement such as NCAFC to grow and gain influence;
  2. That only through delivery of a concrete critique of power which relates to ongoing struggles shall fundamental change be won for society;
  3. That the student movement has a role to play in raising the level of class consciousness;
  4. That a lobbyist approach can yield results but works best when it’s backed up by direct action and mass mobilisation, either threatened or ongoing;
  5. That at this current moment it is crucial that groups such as NCAFC Scotland stage targeted interventions in NUS Scotland’s political discussions and decision making process;
  6. That these interventions should be overtly political and aim to shift the debate to align more broadly with NCAFC’s aims and objectives;
  7. That careerism is the venom poisoning the heart of the student movement and must be challenged where at all possible.

NCAFC Scotland resolves:

  1. To provide support in terms of finances, logistics and campaigners to any groups on a campus not already affiliated to NUS who wish to run an affiliation campaign;
  2. To actively engage in NUS Scotland’s discussions and democratic decision making processes with the aim of shifting the debate to align more broadly with NCAFC’s aims and objectives;
  3. To do so under the banner of NCAFC Scotland and through the use of explicitly political slogans such as “Tax the rich to fund education” and “Expropriate the banks”;
  4. To stand or support candidates for the NUS Scotland SEC on a platform of national agitation and challenging careerism in the heart of the student movement;
  5. To act where NUS Scotland can or will not by calling for occupations, direct action and mass demonstrations when necessary;
  6. To work with interested parties to achieve the above.

Fund Education, Scrap Trident

International Socialist Group

NCAFC Scotland notes:

  1. The cost of renewing Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system, has risen to £100 billion;
  2. According to the Treasury, by mid-2010 Britain had spent more than £20 billion on the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan;
  3. The cost of Britain’s war on Libya last year totaled £1.75 billion;
  4. Many thousands of students and young people have played a key role in opposing wars and calling for end to Britain’s nuclear weapons system;
  5. That since 2010 funding for courses at colleges and universities has been slashed;
  6. Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, Black and minority ethnic students, Students with disabilities and impairments, women students and LGBT+ students as well as students who are parents and/or carers are being cut out of further and higher education due to the withdrawal of vital funding for support services, such as counselling and mental health services, Education Maintenance Allowance (E.M.A) and the health in pregnancy grant;
  7. That there will be a mass anti-trident demonstration in Glasgow on April 13th, called by CND, Faslane Peace Camp, ‘No to NATO’ Coalition, the Scottish Green party and the Radical Independence Campaign;
  8. That a ‘Fund Education, Scrap Trident’ Bloc is being organised for this demonstration, with students mobilising from across Scotland.

NCAFC Scotland believes

  1. That education is a social good and should be a right and not a privilege;
  2. That students play a vital and progressive role in civil society and we should engage in national and international debates;
  3. That Nuclear Weapons and other weapons of mass destruction are immoral and should be opposed;
  4. The money that funds the maintenance of nuclear weapons and illegal wars would be better spent on providing education and welfare.

NCAFC Scotland resolves:

  1. To work with CND, RIC and other organisations that campaign against Trident replacement;
  2. To officially support, publicise and help to organise transport to the ‘Scrap Trident’ demonstration on April 13th in Glasgow;
  3. To support further actions which oppose nuclear weapons and Trident replacement.

Amendment 1
James McAsh

DELETE Believes 4

ADD Believes 4
“That our opposition to Trident is not related to its cost: even if it cost nothing, we would still oppose it”

ADD Believes 5
“That Trident is an excellent example of how flawed the argument that ‘the money is not there’ is”

ADD Believes 6
”That instead of making cuts to public services to pay for Trident and tax cuts for the rich, the government should scrap Trident, tax the rich and expropriate the banks to fund education and public services.”

The following papers are for note and can not be amended by Conference

Safer Spaces Policy
Anyone who comes to NCAFC-organised events is subject to this policy.
NCAFC cannot fully meet its goals if it is not fully inclusive, or if it leaves any demographic feeling marginalised, unrepresented, or unwelcome. This safe space policy is designed to ensure that meetings take place in a considerate and relevant manner, without participants being undermined for discriminatory reasons.
If someone violates these agreements three times, they will be asked to leave the space. The three-strike policy can be bypassed if a serious infraction of these agreements happens, to the extent that someone feels unsafe. Examples of serious infractions include, but are not limited to, harassment, bullying, theft, sexual harassment, sexual assault and threatening or violent behaviour. NCAFC takes all violations of these agreements seriously, so please don’t hesitate to make your concerns known.
1. To ensure that the safe(r) space policy is followed, it is imperative that the chairing process is not impeded.
2. Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and will be challenged. This includes, but is not limited to: racism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexism, body-shaming, slut-shaming or ableism. Similarly, prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender identity, gender presentation, language, ability, asylum status, political or religious affiliation will not be tolerated.
3. Respect each other’s physical and emotional boundaries. Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries, regardless of the intentions behind the contact. Sexual harassment or sexual assault will lead to the perpetrator being banned from meetings and police involvement, if desired by the victim(s), will be fully supported. If you encounter any kind of harassment or assault please let us know, so that those responsible can be dealt with.
4. Be aware of the social space you occupy, as well as the positions and privileges you may be conveying, including racial, class and gender privilege. If a member of a liberation strand requests that you change your use of language regarding topics about their liberation strand, please be respectful and change your use of language. If you are unsure as to the reason your language was inappropriate or offensive, please politely contact the relevant liberation strand officers.
5. Avoid assuming the opinions and identifications of other participants. Examples include, but are not limited to, assumptions regarding sex, sexuality, gender identity, preferred personal pronouns, neurotypicality, able-bodied status, socio-economic background, political opinion, relationship model and religious beliefs.
6. Recognize that we try not to judge, put each other down or compete.
7. Be aware of the language you use in discussion and how you relate to others. Try to speak slowly, clearly and use uncomplicated language. Please do not applaud people as it impacts on the accessibility of events. If you are unsure of the terminology relating to another’s circumstances it is generally preferable to seek clarification, rather than risk using inaccurate or stereotyping terms.
8. The group endeavours as much as is feasible to ensure that meeting spaces are as accessible as possible to the widest range of people. Where it is allowed by the venue, there will be a supervised quiet/safe space room available at every event. In addition to this, if there has not been an access break in the previous 90 minutes, or if the atmosphere of a meeting has become counter-productive to reasoned discussion, then an access break of no less than 10 minutes must be taken by everyone, if requested by any one person.
9. Conferences, training events and workshops are alcohol- and illicit drug-free. There shall be no consumption of alcohol in the venue during the specified conference, training event or workshop times. Social events organised outside of these by NCAFC will allow the consumption of alcohol, unless stated otherwise by the event organisers.
10. Foster a spirit of mutual respect: listen to the wisdom everyone brings to the group and treat people with respect.
11. Give each person the time and space to speak. In large groups, or for groups using facilitation: use the approved hand signals to indicate you wish to speak. These hand signals will be clarified at the start of each discussion.
12. “Respect the person; challenge their behaviour.”: whilst a person’s behaviour may be problematic, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and their behaviour does not negate that fact.
13. Whilst ground rules are collective responsibility, everyone is also personally responsible for their own behaviour.

Challenging Bullying in the student movement
Notes:
1. A culture of bullying is rife throughout the NUS and its member unions, targeted at anyone who challenges established order.
Believes:
1. This culture puts the health of many student activists and the health of the student movement at risk.
2. This culture is not confined to any one faction or political aligment.
Resolves:
1. We will work to propose a constructive solution to the culture of bullying in the student movement
2. We will speak openly about bullying and its consequences
3. We will examine our own behaviour as individuals and a movement as a step to this openness.

Access at NCAFC Events
Notes
1 *That there are a number of disabled people, and people with access requirements that regularly attend, or might wish to attend NCAFC events
2 *That NCAFC currently has no accessibility policy
3 *That NCAFC Disabled Caucus ran a session on access needs during the liberation session, and took suggestions for what would be necessary from as many people as possible
Believes
1 *That more disabled people will feel comfortable attending NCAFC events if access information is made clear from the outset
2 *That access has been severely compromised at previous NCAFC events and this is not acceptable
Resolves
1 *To implement the following as standard for all NCAFC Events:
-A method of asking people to declare access needs when registering for the conference
-Documents (motions, timetable, any other documents) being released online as .doc and .pdf a week in advance of the conference to allow people time to print or prepare for them as necessary
-The venue being a location with accessible public transport links
-Information regarding whether the venue is wheelchair accessible to be released at the same time as the venue is released
-Access breaks of at least 15 minutes, at least every 90 minutes, to be standard, timetabled, and not to be voted on
-Explanation being given to all delegates regarding the inappropriate nature of clapping and whooping, and hand signals to be explained instead
-Explanation being given about why ableist language is no more acceptable than homophobic, transphobic, racist, or sexist language
2 *To attempt to implement the following at all NCAFC events, and inform attendees as early as possible if this cannot be implemented
-A timetable to be kept to exactly, without any unexpected changes, delays or alterations
-A microphone and hearing loop system, both to ensure people are able to hear the debate
-All venues to be fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps and lifts as necessary
-Members of the NC who can be approached for assistance to be easily visually identifiable
-All documents available on coloured paper or with coloured acetate overlays
-Sweets and water to be available on or near conference floor
-A quiet area to be present for people if they wish to leave conference floor
Mandates
1 *The NC to implement all of Resolves 1 for every further event
2 *The NC to attempt to implement Resolves 2 for every further event and inform attendees when this will not be possible
3 *The NC to look into the viability of a palantypist, sign interpretation, streaming, and large video screens of speakers for future events
4* Whomever is responsible for putting together a timetable to discuss it with the representative(s) of disabled caucus on the NC before it is released, to ensure it is accessible.

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