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"It's not me, it's UCD!" - Students to protest on Valentine's Day


Tuesday 8 February 2022 (Dublin, Ireland) – Students and staff at University College Dublin (UCD) will stage Valentine’s Day-themed protest on campus at 12PM next Monday 14 February.


Last week, UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) announced that it was calling a demonstration in order to escalate a number of core student issues that require urgent addressing by management. Following discussions over the last number of weeks, the Students’ Union is delighted to announce the support of the trade unions that represent staff on campus in UCD (SIPTU, IFUT and UNITE).





UCDSU is asking students and staff to come along to demand urgent action from management on sky high rents in on-campus student accommodation; protection of vital student support services; the ongoing exploitation of postgraduate workers; and the prevailing of corporate interests over staff and students.


Speaking at the launch of the demonstration, UCDSU President Ruairí Power said: “As campus life hopefully starts to move beyond the pandemic, this is a chance to set a vision for the kind of relationship we want to have with UCD now and for the students of the future. We will be calling upon management to reciprocate the love that students and staff feel for their university, by setting out plans to address concerns that have consistently been raised over the last number of years.”


The UCD SIPTU Section Committee said that it: “extends support to the UCDSU Valentine's Day Protest, and encourages UCD Management to engage with the demands of the SU.”


Miriam Hamilton, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT said: “IFUT supports the UCD Students’ Union protest which will take place on 14 February 2022.


Precarious, casual, hourly paid and low paid employment feature in all Universities and UCD is no exception. The impact on the individual can be devastating including financial stresses, insecurity and mental health impacts. The impact on the University teaching and research can too be negative as a conveyor belt of precarious staff on short contracts concerned about their future is not conducive to driving research and innovation.


IFUT condemns all employment practices which exploit precarious and casual workers and believe the UCDSU protest is a welcome focus on these important issues."


Dr. Jimmy Muldoon, Deputy Chairperson the UNITE branch in UCD said: “UCD UNITE branch support the students of UCD in their efforts to secure affordable and quality education. In particular, we share concerns about the trajectory of forthcoming staffing levels, especially with respect to technical staff numbers, and the impact on quality of educational delivery.”





ENDS

Media Contact:

Glenn Fitzpatrick Policy & Media Manager, UCD Students' Union CLG Tel: (087) 4521046 | e-mail: press@ucdsu.ie


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