YUSU Stance

Whatever happened to some solidarity? As anybody ever involved in a employer-union dispute will tell you, they key to resolving the issue when demands are reasonable (Blair did when he was justifying fees) is pressure – the more pressure is applied to the employers, the quicker they concede.

The action YUSU and its peers are taking massively undermines this – by breaking ranks they reduce the pressure on the VC’s, who can then turn around and say to the lecturers ‘The Students are against you!’. YUSU suggests they are looking after our interests as students by breaking rank, but the fact is if a united front had been presented to the VC’s and supportive action offered by all student unions this may well have already been settled – at the very least it would be settled more quickly. Surely *that* is in student’s best interests?

Perhaps if our union spent less time desperately trying not to be a Union (’Senators’…ugh. represent our interests, don’t play at being our parliament) and devoted its energies to assisting the lecturers (who we have much more in common with than the VC – whose salary is outrageous yet never mentioned) and some actual political activity (gasp!) beyond putting up posters then we wouldn’t be seeing the marking process paralyzed and one amenity after another privatized or closed for no good reason by the VC.
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I absolutely agree with YUSU – the strike’s affecting exams at Queen’s University, Belfast as well and in 3rd year now I really don’t have time for listening to lecturers mope about how poorly paid they are.

Even if I were to agree with them on that, there’s no excuse for holding students hostage by refusing to set and mark exams which for many of us form the culmination of our formal academic education.

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