The Socialist

The Socialist 14 November 2012

Make the corporate tax dodgers pay up!

The Socialist issue 742

Make the corporate tax dodgers pay up!

North Wales child abuse scandal

Attacks on BBC reach fever pitch

Them & Us


USA elections: Voters reject right-wing agenda

Greece: Another 48-hour general strike paralyses society

For a European-wide 24-hour general strike

Greedy capitalists threaten ship


Student demonstration: Escalate the struggle to fight fees, cuts and privatisation

Join the NUS demo on 21 November


Che Guevara - Symbol of fashion or symbol of struggle?


Fighting to defend the NHS

Workers and councillors must make a stand against 300 job cuts in Southampton

Rotherham byelection - No more 'MacShames'!

Why I'm standing for TUSC in Middlesbrough

Commemorating the Clay Cross struggle

Save our server


Doncaster drivers go to war with Tesco

Academy teachers strike against pay cuts

A real fightback against cuts

Virgin Media and the unions

Workplace News in brief

 
 
 

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Join the NUS demo on 21 November

Free education, bring back EMA, make the 1% pay!

Ben Golightly, Swansea Socialist Students

Up to 9,000 tuition fees, with loan interest charged at 3% above inflation from the day you start. EMA student payments scrapped or facing cuts across the whole of Britain. Soaring youth unemployment and plummeting graduate job prospects. The haemorrhaging of Welsh university funding. Students have every reason to be furious.

It doesn't have to be this way. The richest in our society are not only richer now than they were before the start of the recession, they are richer now than they have ever been. A staggering $21 trillion is stashed offshore. The Tories dish out tax cuts for millionaires, but say that EMA is unaffordable. They won't listen to moral arguments - we have to fight for our future!

Two years ago 50,000 students flooded the streets of London in an attempt to defeat these attacks on education. It was a heroic fight, but the mood of students was not matched by the National Union of Students (NUS) leadership at the time. Ultimately the protests were unsuccessful outside of winning temporary concessions in Wales.

However, society is in a very different place today. Every section of the working class, and large sections of the middle class, is now under attack in the name of austerity. Millions of workers have marched and taken strike action. By uniting with them, students can escalate our fight against cuts.

When lecturers took part in coordinated strike action against attacks on public sector pensions last year, students stood shoulder to shoulder with them on picket lines. In March, 200 protesting electricians were kettled by police as they attempted to link up with a student demo. On 21 November, we want students, lecturers and workers to march together again on the NUS organised demonstration in London.

We need a democratic and fighting NUS that will confidently argue against cuts, give a lead, and prepare a strategy to win. The inspiring example of 500,000 students and workers marching together in Quebec demonstrates how a strong anti-cuts student movement, united with workers, can achieve victory.

Socialist Students supports the hugely significant demand for the TUC to call a 24-hour general strike against austerity. We argue that students should also take up this demand and strike alongside workers on the day.

Let's make sure that the demonstration on November 21 is only the next step of a powerful student and anti-austerity movement that can stop the cuts and bring down this government of millionaires.

See socialiststudents.org.uk for reports from the demo and meetings in your area

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