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People & Planet groups across the country are participating in 48 Hours of Action this October, calling attention to union busting in Samsung and other major brands in the electronics industry. Kicking off in Cardiff outside the Samsung Experience Store on Queen Street, we filled the Welsh capitals streets with chants of “What do we want? Workers rights! When do we want them? Now!” and “Union busting? That’s disgusting!” whilst distributing flyers and collecting signatures for People & Planets petition asking Samsung to end their no-union policy.
The actions of Loughborough People & Planet secured meetings with the Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, and these discussions have been ongoing since the Easter break in order to bring about a binding motion at University council and secure this victory.
University Council today rejected a hard-line anti-divestment proposed “council” response initially drafted by a small group of financial bureaucrats. This draft response had rejected even the investments in ESG funds proposed by the Divestment Working Group report - which were not even explicitly recommended to be fossil free - described in the draft as ‘virtue-signalling’.
After years of student campaigning, the University of Bath has pledged to fully divest its money from Fossil Fuel companies.
The university currently has fossil fuel investments of half a million pounds including over £100,000 in Shell alone.
After 3 years of campaigning from the People & Planet society, the university has agreed to no longer support the oil and gas industry through financial investments, joining over 60 other UK universities who have committed to divest.