Archive article from The Socialist Issue 340
NUS must organise
Mass Action To Defeat Fees
IN 2006, students whose parents earn the average income will have to pay 70% of their fees, instead of the 25% they pay now - according to a recent study by the House of Commons Library.
New Labour's agenda for turning our universities and colleges into a market for privatisation and selling off our education to big business is going to hit working class students hardest of all.
When it seems that you can't find anyone who is actually in favour of top-up fees why has the NUS failed to effectively oppose this Bill? Had they called and campaigned for a national day of walk-outs and occupations on 27 January (when the second vote took place) and called on the trade unions to join in, the government may not have won over the five MPs needed to get the bill passed!
Socialist Students are campaigning for mass action to be nationally co-ordinated and built for on the ground for the day of the third reading, Wednesday 31 March.
While calling and campaigning for the backing of NUS, Socialist Students are fighting independently against tuition fees through defending non-paying students from expulsion, organising direct action against any attacks on the right to free education and making links with teachers and lecturers in their struggle against cuts in universities and colleges.
These campaigns have engaged both students and workers in the fight against fees and marketisation of education and have had support from tens of thousands in local communities.
Socialist Students and Socialist Party members, through campaigning against student debt, poverty wages and against the war and occupation of Iraq, expose the big business interests behind the government's policies. These policies are carried out in the interest of the capitalists who own the resources in society - they want to make even more money by owning and controlling our education so they can sell it back to us for profit.
Tony Blair says there is no money to publicly fund the universities and colleges but he is willing to spend billions on an imperialist war in Iraq!
Socialist Students link the need to fight and win on these issues to the need to change society as a whole.
Capitalism is a nightmare for students and young workers across the world. Socialism is about using the world's resources for the benefit of the majority - for us - and not for the minority of millionaires and billionaires who back the likes of Blair. If you're a student looking for an alternative then join Socialist Students and fight to change the world.
Lobby of Parliament
Wednesday 31 March
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