Following an emergency C&GCU Exec meeting today it appears that the DoCSoc situation could finally be appearing a resolution. The heated discussion saw an, understandably upset, Jack Yiak (DocSoc Chair) respond to each of the points raised by Ash Arya (Doc Dep Rep). After some discussion, Mr Arya requested that the DoCSoc committee be re-instated.
Mr Arya accepted that the dissolution of the DoCSoc committee was wrong. He also apologised saying he was sorry for the offence caused to the members of the committee. The consensus of the meeting was that the decision by the Officers' & Members' Council (O&MC) was wrong. There was a strong feeling that the C&GCU Executive should have done more through the year to support DoCSoc, with some of the newly elected Union Officers expressing the hope that this will provide the impetus for a shake-up in club and society support within C&GCU.
However, the Executive has no power to over-rule the O&MC, which are the Union's sovereign and governing body. The course of action agreed was for the President to petition an emergency meeting of O&MC to ask members to reverse their decision. This meeting is likely to take place in two weeks time, and are expected to vote in favour of re-instating the DoCSoc committee. Although re-instating the committee will have no practical impact, it will go someway towards addressing the humiliation that the 3 members of the DoCSoc committee have faced. Mustafa Arif, President-elect, made clear that he would word the appeal such that the efforts of the outgoing DoCSoc would be recognized, while allowing the current DoCSoc elections to be unaffected.
The resolution was brokered by Sarah Bluhme, C&GCU's Vice President after Dinesh Ganeserajah sent an email to Union Officers and Dep Soc Chairs saying "This is the point at which I no longer care."