David Haines has suggested there needs to be a review of how much Loughborough’s sabbatical officers get paid “in order to make it the ultimate grad job” in an interview with The Epinal this evening.
Speaking to The Epinal after the candidates announcement, Haines explained his plans to reform the general structures around Union Council, specifically:
“From the make up of our sabbatical team to the organisational culture, the way in which we operate, talk to and engage students.”
When pressed on changes to the sabbatical team, Haines explained:
“At the moment they seem to operate quite successfully, it’s the relationship with the DOs [Development Officers] and how easy they [the Exec] are to engage with.
“It’s sad to see so few candidates again this year; perhaps we also need to review how much they get paid, for example, in order to make it the ultimate grad job it needs to be competitive with other jobs of a similar nature.”
Haines is running for VP Democracy and Communications after a year as Chair of Union Council, a role he won in the Development Officer elections last summer having failed in his bid to become VP Welfare and Diversity twelve months ago.
The former Holt hall chair, who is running under the campaign David Blaine Haines, is likely to revolve around magic and Haines concluded by stating:
“I’m really glad that I’m contested, it’s better for democracy that way. It’s a shame to see that candidates numbers are down this year, but it should be a good campaign there’s a lot of interesting campaigns going on.”