Category: Students Union Petition
The Students' Union currently pays the NUS £35,000 to stay affiliated. While we continue to fund a CEO and their 6 figure salary, the organisation as a whole fails to focus on the most prominent issues most students face. Disaffiliaing from the NUS will not only free up significant amount of funds to reinvest in student activities and liberation groups acroos the university, but also allow us to fight for every student within the university.
As the Students' Union continues to cut student activities to improve organisational sustainability, we have ample amounts of funds being invested in an organisation that has been drowning in it's own debts and days away from going bust and taking us down with them. Here is an article about their increasing debt and financial worries: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46987569
And another one: https://inews.co.uk/news/education/nus-bankrupt-spring-overdraft/
Other Unions around the country have been fairing well outside the NUS and have been disaffiliating at an increasing rate, and doing it succesfully. Here is a list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_students%27_unions_in_the_United_Kingdom_not_affiliated_with_the_NUS
Time to vote and leave the NUS and fight for what students really care about.
Long Over-Due Action
Someone told me the union can get specialist help with things such as legal advice from NUS. This affiliation is a huge proportion of the students' union's overall budget, though if NUS is having any influence on government policy regarding students it would be counterproductive to leave. Would like some clarification as to the benefits of continued membership.