Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/479/2199

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 March 2007

Greece

The struggle to defend free education

HUNDREDS OF occupied universities... striking university lecturers... demonstrations tens of thousands strong...; for ten months now Greek youth have fought against government attacks on the right to free education.

Ben Robinson

The strength of this movement has halted moves to allow private universities to be set up. Other attacks have gone through but lecturers and students are determined that they will not be implemented. Mass action of this kind could still see workers and youth victorious in removing the attacks, made law at the beginning of March.

In this struggle, strength is being drawn from the lessons of the French youth and workers' struggle in 2006 that forced the government to remove the hated CPE law, which threatened to destroy young people's rights at work.

Given the strength of opposition and willingness to struggle in Greece, these attacks could have been stopped before becoming law. However, a coherent plan to build the movement has not been put forward by the student leadership and, crucially, they have not seriously appealed to the workers' movement for solidarity action even though the potential is undoubtedly there.

Also, squabbling amongst left student organisations has resulted in impotence and violent anarchist actions have threatened to erase public support for the movement.

These problems need to be overcome for the movement to succeed. Xekinima, the CWI section in Greece, is calling for a continuation of the movement, properly co-ordinated together with joint action with workers, and for a united left election list that can remove the current right-wing leadership of the students' movement.

For a full report see, www.socialistworld.net

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 March 2007:

Labour's NHS plans: not what the doctors ordered!

Divisive forgery shocks health campaign


War and terrorism

End Iraq hell

Blair (and Tories) get their Trident vote

Will Bush bomb Iran?


Socialist Party campaigns

Public anger sees off BNP

May Day greetings - support the socialist

Keep the market out of education!


International Socialist Resistance

Young people get organised


Socialist Party news and analysis

Passenger protests force some improvements

Budget: Who are the real scroungers?

Water charges to be delayed?

Socialist Party women's day school a success


What we think

Private equity deals - fight free-market vultures


Marxist analysis: history

How was the slave trade abolished?


International socialist news and analysis

Rifondazione Comunista - its future?

A tale of two tours

"Bush out of Iraq and Lula out of Haiti"

Greece: The struggle to defend free education


Workplace news and analysis

Burslem postal workers continue the fight

Defend UNISON health activist

Greenwich single status scandal

TUC try to cut conference childcare provision

Amicus and TGWU to merge

Fight university job cuts

Lobby for migrant workers' rights


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 March 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Education:

triangleStudents demanding an end to Tory cuts and austerity in education. London, 17.10.18. photo by Isai Priya

triangleLibres y Combativas: striking for women's rights in the Spanish state

triangleWe need democratic, rank-and-file leadership to win national UCU disputes

triangleStrike vote: college staff want a pay rise

triangleStudents and workers unite and fight

Greece:

triangleDeadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

triangleObituary: Ged Travers 1957-2018

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: Greece - still plundered by EU austerity

triangle2018: more upheavals loom

Youth:

triangleExam factories, cuts and violence - Fight for our future!

triangleJordan: Workers and youth remove prime minister and demand end to austerity

triangleTUSC campaigners challenge youth club cuts

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/10/18

Redundancy

Grimethorpe dinner ladies stage all-out strike against redundancy

17/10/18

PCS

PCS union: nominate Chris Baugh as Left Unity candidate for assistant general secretary

17/10/18

Far-right

Demo against far-right DFLA

17/10/18

Socialist Students

De Montfort freshers stall

17/10/18

Devon

Devon foster carers fight 30% cut in allowances

17/10/18

Capitalism

Socialism - the podcast offering Marxist analysis for the movement against capitalism

17/10/18

Newham

Newham finance staff fight pay and grading insult

17/10/18

Pay

Cable makers' pay strike bites as production falls 33%

17/10/18

Bolton

Bolton hospital workers strike as subsidiary company refuses NHS pay rates

17/10/18

Uber

Uber drivers strike against unfair 'deactivation' and low pay

17/10/18

South Western Railway

South Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

17/10/18

Birmingham

Striking Brum home carers reject 'final' pay cut offer

16/10/18

Haringey

'Corbyn-council' faces a choice: Implement or fight the cuts

12/10/18

Film

Peterloo film exposes bloody nature of capitalism

12/10/18

Universal Credit

New anti-poll tax type revolt needed today

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999