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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 March 2011

Support the UCU strike

The lecturers' union, UCU, will be carrying out rolling strike action from 17 March culminating in a national day of action on 24 March. This week includes budget day and leads well into the TUC demonstration on 26 March.

Ian Pattison, Leeds University Against Cuts

The government and university managements are attempting to impose thousands of job cuts. For example, in Leeds, vice chancellor Michael Arthur is trying to bulldoze through over 1,200 job losses, and close the classics and joint honours departments this year alone. This will deny many people the right to a decent education.

Over the last few months students have led an inspiring mass movement that has put pressure on the unstable Con-Dem coalition. Unlike the National Union of Students, the UCU has supported students and still supports free education.

If students want to win the battle against fees and cuts, we need to look wider than just ourselves. We need the might of the working class which, when taking collective action, has the power to bring the government to its knees.

We therefore need student solidarity like never before on the UCU picket lines. We need student strikes and a mass turnout of students to help convince others not to go into university on the days of the strikes.

Student anti-cuts campaigns and activists should be organising joint strike day rallies with UCU and using the strikes to build for future mass action linked to the struggle of education workers.

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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 16 March 2011:


Anti-cuts campaign

Defend jobs and services: Protest 26 March

Building the battle against the cuts - now and beyond 26 March

Campaigning against all cuts and privatisation

Save our NHS!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Hutton's plans mean savage cuts - Fight to defend your pension!

Vote for a socialist alternative

Huge protests against job insecurity

The rich get richer - by another $1 trillion

Wisconsin occupation

Yahya victory

Hunger strike


Youth fight for jobs

March from Jarrow with Youth Fight for Jobs

Save our youth services

For real jobs not exploitation

Review: Classroom Warriors


Socialist Party workplace news

Northern Ireland: Broad left gains in union elections

Privatisation threat to the blood service?

Defend jobs and education at Newcastle College

Action called off by Birmingham bin workers

Left victory in building workers' union

Support the UCU strike


International socialist news and analysis

Japan: Tsunami results in misery for millions

Workers hit hard by earthquake and tsunami

Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories: "We'll struggle like in Egypt"

Tunisia: 'You come back - we come back'

Saudi troops to suppress Bahrain protesters


Socialist Party campaigns

Thousands protest against Lib Dems in Sheffield

Protester challenges Lib Dem MP to debate

Students want to protest too

Thatcher was no heroine

Lively discussion at LGBT meeting

Leeds: Celebrating International Women's Day

Celebrate International Workers' Day in the Socialist with a May Day greeting


 

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