Involuntary student unionism

Other Names:
Compulsory student unions

Most tertiary students are automatic members of their national student union, and the international union of students, through affiliation of their campus student bodies. Subscriptions come from block grants that universities and colleges pay directly to the international union to support their own local student union organizations, or individually from compulsory student union fees. Only a tiny number of student unions have opted out and individual students have no option to do so, even if the union is taking a political stance, campaigning politically or engaged in activities to which they object.


In the UK, between 2 and 5% of union activity is political, the rest being mundane function such as running bars or sports clubs.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST