We are very concerned by the news that major cuts will be made to NUS democracy with no input from ordinary members. It is claimed this is necessary to close up a £3 million deficit in NUS’s finances. We don't know if this is true. If cutbacks are needed, NUS should look first to senior management’s excessive salaries: the Chief Executive earns £100,000. We demand no cuts to democracy, representation and campaigns.
We demand NUS opens the books for a democratically-accountable student investigation, with complete transparency for decision-making. The only meeting that should take decisions is a properly constituted national or extraordinary conference. At the very least, the ‘strategic conversation’ meeting taking place on 27-28 November, currently only for SU Chief Executives and Presidents, must be opened up for students to attend, and either live-streamed or recorded.
** No cuts to liberation, section and region campaign budgets and representation** A turn outwards to campaigning: it doesn’t need to cost tens of thousands to organise a demo or run a speaker tour. The 2017 national demonstration for free education cost the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts just £5000 ** A bigger, not smaller conference, with more, not less, time for political debate. Conference should be about ordinary members having real control over NUS, not a networking event for sabbatical officers** More, not less, power in the hands of the democratically elected NEC not unaccountable and highly paid senior management, with wildly different interests to students. We want funding restored to NEC members so they can travel to campuses and run campaigns.
We will organise and protest locally and nationally to stop these attacks on democracy, calling emergency student council meetings and activist meetings to discuss the fightback.
If you agree, please sign and share and send to your sabbatical officers!
Signed:Christie Neary, NUS Trans Campaign (Women's Rep) Anita Israel, Arts SU, Education OfficerDylan Thomson, Liverpool Guild of StudentsThalia Cox, NUS Trans Campaign Lucy Clarke, Manchester SU, NUS Women's Campaign Bisexual Rep Laura Smith, Aberdeen University SA, Disabled Students' Forum Convenor Marcelina Rejwerska, Royal Holloway Savannah Middleton, Manchester Metropolitan SU Michaela Tharby, University of York, Chair of Women's Steering Committee Rebecca Harrington, Oxford Brookes SU Women's OfficerJake Roberts, Student Trustee Goldsmiths SU Sophie Bury, RHSU Women's Representative Esyld Ní Scolaidhe, Aberdeen University SA, NUS Scotland Trans Campaign Becky Don, Royal Holloway Feminist Society Secretary Charlie Porter, University of Sheffield, NUS Conference Delegate 2019Syirah Ami, University of Bristol, NUS Conference Delegate 2019 Toby Horkan, Royal HollowayHarpreet Padwal, Royal Holloway Amaan Ramzan, Royal Holloway Steff Farley, Loughborough SU George Wheeler, Manchester SUMaribeth Keeler, Aberdeen University SABradley Allsopp, Lincoln SUBen Roberts, Sheffield Hallam Tom Vale, Lincoln SU, Socialist Students President Jack Kershaw, Students Union UCL Mike Shaw, Open University Niamh Smith, Royal Holloway Ross Taylor, Students Union UCL, NUS Conference Delegate 2019Rory Fagan, University of Derby Union of Students, NUS Conference Delegate 2019Isabel Arandia, University of Manchester Jonathan Walters, Aberdeen University SA, Environment and Ethics Committee MemberRebecca Larney, KCL SUDaniel Breeze, Loughborough SUGeorge Wright, Royal Holloway Robert Munton, Goldsmiths SUNed Matyjaszek, Royal Holloway Jake Shepherd, Royal Holloway Bill Cannon, Northampton SUMike Tree, Birmingham Guild of StudentsSeth Randall-Goddard, Camberwell College of Arts Justine Canady, Students Union UCL, NUS Conference Delegate 2019Niall Murphy, Royal Holloway Raffaela Pancucci, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama David Diaz, Royal Holloway Charlton Jenkins, Royal Holloway Ari, The Open University Rhian Keyse, Exeter Students GuildIris Breward, Students Union UCL, NUS Conference Delegate 2019 Ross Tayler, Students Union UCL, NUS Conference Delegate 2019 Dora Dimitrova, Students' Union UCL, NUS Conference Delegate 2019 Kaja Colin B Bojer, University of Kent Mia Helene Engeskaug, University of Kent Driscoll Green, Students Union UCLTom Freeman, Lincoln SUEwan Hodson, Lincoln SU Matthew Fyson, Lincoln SU Lauren Brindle, Lincoln SU Becca Bashford, Royal Holloway Madeline Breed, Royal Holloway Christie van Tinteren, LSE SUKendall Field-Pellow, University of Southampton SUSam Mortimer, University of Kent David Bullock, Durham University