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Posted on 21 November 2013 at 14:13 GMT

Hallam university Socialist  Students supporting the HE strike by UCU, Unison and Unite, 31.10.13 , photo A Tice

Hallam university Socialist Students supporting the HE strike by UCU, Unison and Unite, 31.10.13 , photo A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Students helps force NUS to back education strike

The National Union of Students' NEC voted "to stand in complete solidarity with workers taking strike action" in the December 3rd strike in higher and further education.

Employers must now face education workers and students united as the the dispute over pay and equality enters its fourth month.

The motion passed (see below) contained a number of mandates for NUS to carry out in the buildup to the strike (though disgracefully, the clearest language calling for students not to cross picket lines was removed by Labour students).

It's now vital that we maintain this pressure and use the NUS support to help organise students to turn out on the picket lines and bring solidarity.

We should also put pressure on student unions to make sure that joint student union, trade union campus meetings that the motion called for are carried out.

Socialist Students and NUS NEC member Edmund Schluessel, who submitted the motion, said: "Education workers and students are natural allies.

"I hope this is the start of a long partnership against austerity and in the fight for an education system free at the point of use".

Socialist Students

Emergency motion passed by NUS NEC

Proposed by Socialist Students member Edmund Schluessel

NEC believes

NEC further believes

NEC resolves

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