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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2020
Students: Give us our money back
Swansea university students demanding a fees refund, October 2020 (Click to enlarge)
Students are dissatisfied, frustrated and angry. Socialist Students decided to make a stand.
We agreed that a demonstration on campus was the best way to make ourselves heard. On 16 October, we met at one of the busiest spots on campus.
Naturally, due to the Covid-19 measures, it couldn't be a full-blown demonstration - we kept a distance between each other and wore our masks.
Lots of students stopped to speak to us about what we are fighting for, which unsurprisingly resonated with many of them. We collected signatures of people wanting to join the socialist movement in fighting for free education, which ultimately is the end goal.
Students getting a far-from-complete university experience need a fee refund. The pandemic has exposed the problems of a capitalist society that prioritises profit over people.
Our demonstration was part of our campaign for a socialist society. We demand a nationalised education system that prioritises the welfare of the people. We demand to be heard.
Great Socialist Students meeting on 7 October on what campaigns on campus need to be launched asap to fight back against student and staff exploitation, stripping away our resources, and funding and welfare for students.
We will have a socially distanced protest on 21 October for an immediate refund of this year's tuition fees, repayment of accommodation rent, and a national campaign for free education.
We got a great response on our 14 October campaign stall, with lots of support and sign-ups from students and staff. We appreciate all the support we have been receiving for the fightback for free education.
Socialist Students was out campaigning on 15 October for a refund of fees and free education, ahead of our meeting. Just a couple of weeks into term, and 1,300 Cardiff Uni students are isolating already.
All this was totally predictable given the government's failure to defeat the virus. Students fees should be handed back, and we deserve a rent rebate too, with students allowed to cancel tenancy agreements and be given the resources to go home safely, if they wish.
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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.
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In The Socialist 21 October 2020:
Health before profit - Work or full pay
Wales 'firebreak' lockdown fails to protect workers
Liverpool lockdown: suspicion and anger
Newcastle lockdown: stress and breakdowns
Leicester lockdown: disillusionment and anger
Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary
Nigeria protests: 'This movement needs to fight the whole rotten capitalist system'
Horrific murder in Paris: fight intolerance and racism!
South Africa: Mass day of action for permanent jobs and a living wage
Tories reduce winter homeless funding: reverse the cuts,use the empty homes!
World capitalism's terrified strategists abandon austerity - for now
Test and Trace U-turn on stopping local case reporting
Oxbridge gets private Covid tests: pool resources to test us all!
Millennials disillusioned with 'democracy'
Under the microscope
RMT: Programme to fight redundancies and cuts
Action on Covid transmission in schools now
FCC dismiss Unison activist Tony Smith
Optare workers strike over pay broken 'promise'
Solidarity with Deliveroo Couriers in York
Students: Give us our money back
Fight for your future at the online rally
Southampton: Coxford community condemns racist attack
Socialism 2020: Will you help our finance appeal?
Selling the Socialist: increase in NHS anger
Truth about Zane: Cover-up Tories crack
Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process
Teignmouth hospital closure threat ... again!
Books that inspired me: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Beware the billionaires bearing gifts
Disabled students let down by "rotten education system"
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