Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Béal Feirste, Tuaisceart Éireann
UCDSU - Should we just ignore them and start our own Union?
Firstly I must admit, I am not a member of any political party, I abhor politicians, radical types etc... I'm just expressing these views as a slightly disgruntled student.
With the complete lack of regard exhibited by the UCDSU, the overpaid, overzealous hacks that defend the construction of an unnecessary new student centre, that spend our money on drinking junkets, that are now defending health care fees, that carried out a piss-poor anti-fees campaign, that actually only ever represent the views of a minority of students, is it fair enough to say that they no longer have an actual mandate? Really, are they any use at all, why in the name of God are we puttting up with it? Seriously, it's a joke so it is, we're paying their wages and this is the service we get, some knobs interrupting our lectures for a
joke of a 'protest' by the lake? I'm annoyed and sickened by them now, do we have to put up with them? Can we not just ignore them, start our union and negotiate with the college authorities, leave the UCDSU out in the cold as they have done so with us. The fact that this union purports to be some sort of bastion of leftist ideology (e.g. Palestinian article in last years SU booklet, the ban on coca coca cola etc...) and yet they're allowing charges to come in left, right and centre. Is there a chance that we could start a non-political union that literally represents the views and interests of students and students alone, and not some money grabbing future FF, FG, Labour politicians or crusty hippy leftists with no actual alternatives except sit-ins and protests by lake.
Can we do any better?