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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 February 2020

Students and workers out together on Budget Day, 11 March

photo Naomi Byron

photo Naomi Byron   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Students is backing protests against the Tory budget on 11 March.

They offer us no future whatsoever. Instead, what's on offer is a lifetime of student debt, poverty pay and housing, and climate crisis.

The lives of students and young people have been blotted by a decade of Tory austerity and misery.

Boris Johnson's words about austerity being over are hollow. The government has announced that all government departments will see a 5% spending cut.

Our education system is not safe. University campuses are in complete disarray. Tory-driven marketisation is piling up grievances for students and workers alike.

Socialist Students says:

Theo Sharieff, Socialist Students national organiser

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 26 February 2020:


News

Austerity kills

Average wages recover to pre-crisis levels - but we're still over a decade behind

Bezos gives $10bn for climate - nationalise the rest!

Weinstein found guilty


What we think

Immigration: For a system that meets the needs of the majority, not a rich elite


Universities strike

Solidarity with striking university staff

University workers' strike over pay, pensions and workload escalates


Council cuts

Coventry: A socialist councillor who will vote against cuts

Number of women killed by current or ex-partner rises

Leicester: We can't take any more cuts, any more misery, and we are fighting back

Students and workers out together on Budget Day, 11 March

Stop the council cuts

Council cuts could cost Labour another general election


Workplace news

Packed meeting of workplace militants, strikers, socialists and trade union leaders

All out to win Royal Mail strike reballot

PCS union relaunches pay campaign

Workers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

Anti-academy strikes growing


International news

Germany: Right-wing terror attacks - fight racism, fight capitalism!

Northern Ireland's strike wave


The BBC

This is the BBC: fight the cuts - and the capitalist media


Campaigns

Congress 2020 appeal: Donate to help us renew vital resources

Housing cuts cost lives

Socialist sellers


Readers' opinion

The Socialist Inbox


 

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