What is a strike vote?

A strike vote asks the membership whether they will give their Executive the authority to call a strike if and when the Executive decides it is absolutely necessary. The Executive can only call a strike if a majority of those voting in a strike vote say yes. A positive strike vote is known as a strike mandate. Once a strike mandate is given, the Executive does not have to come back to the membership for further authorization to use this mandate.

Rather than simply moving directly to a strike vote, on February 3, 2022, the YUFA Executive asked the membership to authorize the holding of a strike vote. This is an additional step was not required by labour law or our own Constitution. However, the Executive believes this is such an important decision that the members themselves should make it.

The last time YUFA held a strike vote was in 1997.