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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 April 2020
Coronavirus: Students' charter
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Coronavirus has revealed the chaos of the Tory marketisation of higher education.
Universities face a funding shortfall totalling billions of pounds, due to the slowdown in applications of international students to British universities.
The university bosses association, UUK, responsible for attacking the pay and conditions of striking members of the University and College Union (UCU), has written to the government asking for a bailout. In return, it has committed to carry through further cuts on campus.
Students, forced to return home because of the crisis, are battling against greedy landlords refusing to release students from their contacts early.
That's why Socialist Students has produced a student charter for the coronavirus - a three part socialist programme on student housing, health and safety on campus, and free education.
The charter is an indispensable tool for any student wanting to get involved in the fight for a safe and decent future for students and young people.
Get in touch if you'd like to attend a local online Socialist Students meeting in your area and how you can get involved with Socialist Students.
To get a copy of the Socialist Students' coronavirus - a students' charter go to socialiststudents.org.uk or find Socialist Students on Facebook
- And read the Socialist Party's workers' charter at socialistparty.org.uk
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
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.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 22 April 2020:
Frontline workers speak out
Where's our PPE? Where's our testing? Where's our money?
London bus drivers' action over safety stops front door boarding
Care homes coronavirus scandal: blood on their hands
PPE shortages: "I feel so bloody angry"
Trade union activists from across the south of England discuss the battle for safety on the frontline
Management tells carers PPE would 'worry' residents
Councils must demand control of supplies and reversal of austerity
More dispatches from the front: 'There are so many more patients dying'
World economic crisis: A Marxist approach to the coronavirus crunch
No 'back to school' until outbreak is under control and trade union agreed safety arrangements
DWP: Action on workers' safety, and protection of pay and conditions needed
JD Sports: Shut up shop and give us full pay!
RMT: Lift the suspension of Steve Hedley
Bromley Libraries 'restructure' in middle of pandemic!
Lenin at 150
Lenin at 150: A revolutionary life - and the relevance of his ideas to today's working-class struggles
National plan for testing needed
Capitalist press attacks Tory incompetence
Tory think tank proposes attack on pensions
Shocking increase in domestic violence killings
US private healthcare system in meltdown
Coronavirus news in brief
The history of struggle to make the workplace safe
Excellent support for Socialist Party special appeal
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Clapping, driving, postering - for workers' rights
The role of the Socialist during the corona crisis
Policies that really protect the NHS
Coronavirus: Students' charter
Socialism the Podcast: What do our listeners think?
Covid-19 patient speaks out: fantastic support from under-resourced health workers
Going viral: Socialist comments and letters
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