- NUS is too Expensive - As well as the £ 46,000 affiliation fee that ICU pays, there are thousands of £s of hidden costs, e.g. conference delegate travel expenses (including national conference, liberation conferences and staff conferences).
- NUS is Financally Mismanaged. It spends more money than it has, regularly running up deficits one fifth of its £3.5m budget and has been forced to dispose of capital assets to meet running costs. To combat this NUS decided to introduce a stealth tax, the NUS Extra Card, from which £6 of each sale goes to the NUS budgetary drainpipe. In any case very few NUS extra cards have been sold at Imperial and the majority of student discounts are available on production of your Imperial swipe card.
- NUS is Unrecontructed. Most Unions went through a process of restructuring twenty years ago, but NUS didn't. NUS remains the same ridiculous clunking vehicle that Jack Straw made it in the 60's. The NUS Executive claims to be ?politically diverse? yet contains the same number of revolutionary socialists than it does Liberal Democrats and Conservatives combined. Is this really representative of UK students views?
- Opportunities for a better world. It would only require a few more Unions to establish a viable alternative national union to NUS that would fulfil the goals that NUS lays claim to and one that is genuinely representative of student opinion.
- NUS reform failed. Imperial College Union worked hard this year to change NUS and made it clear back in October that if radical changes were not made they we would reconsider our membership. NUS have had their chance to change and have blown it. This battle has been lost ? lets not take the gamble that somehow next year it will be OK and waste another £46,000 in the process.
- The NUS spends more money taking decisions than it does implementing them. What do Imperial students gain from paying £46,000 to fund a debating club for sabbatical officers? The majority of Imperial students who have given up their time to attend NUS events to represent us have experienced the NUS shambles in person are now wanting ICU to leave as they have witnessed what the NUS is like in practice.
- Imperial has one of the most active student bodies in the country. It would be better to plough our £46,000 in to what Imperial students are doing rather than continue handing it over to the wasteful NUS.
- By disaffiliating this would free up officer time and financial resources to work with other Unions on relevant issues when necessary. This was recently demonstrated by our medical students who cooperated with other students in London to campaign against the removal of their right to free accommodation. The NUS had nothing to say on this issue because they are so hamstrung by their own internal politics that they don?t have time to dedicate to these bread and butter student issues.
- Despite claiming otherwise the NUS provides us with no professional support. If Imperial College Union needs legal or financial advice we still have to meet the full costs ourselves regardless of whether or not we are NUS affiliates.
- NUS?s ultimate failure as a representative body is all too clear. They are dismissed by parliamentary committees as only being representatives of student activists and the government have recently taken steps to circumvent NUS altogether in an attempt to determine what student opinion really is. Representation only works if the NUS has legitimacy and credibility with their members and decision makers. It is clear that they enjoy neither.
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Ten Reasons to Leave
Jun 17 2008 16:27
Stephen Brown gives ten reasons why you should vote 'No' between 17th and 23rd June.